Howard Fischer

August 4, 2023

Howard is a 1981 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelors of science degree in accounting and finance. He worked in accounting at Price Waterhouse and Solomon Brothers earning CPA designation before beginning his investment career. He worked at a hedge fund and several brokerage firms including Drexel Burnham and Smith Barney until he founded Basso Capital Management in 1994. Specializing in convertible securities hedging and then later SPAC arbitrage, Howard led the firm as CEO until he left at the end of 2022.

Howard was a fellow and senior fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. His studies there led to the formation of Gratitude Railroad, an impact investment business which inspires, educates and catalyzes wealthy individuals, family offices and RIAs to invest in businesses whose product or service benefits the environment and social justice issues.

Howard serves on the boards of The Carbon Underground and 1% for the planet. He is a Steward and the Chief Evangelist at Gratitude Railroad, on the investment committee of The Builders Fund, and advises Bright Edge- the venture capital arm of the American Cancer Society’s endowment.

Howard lives in NY with his wife Randee and is an avid cyclist, skier, snow shoer, hiker and reader.