Howard Fischer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Basso Capital Management, L.P. a hedge fund management company. Mr. Fischer is the portfolio manager for the firm’s dedicated SPAC fund.
Previously, Mr. Fischer was the senior trader and co-head of the institutional convertible trading desk at Smith Barney with primary responsibilities in market making, new-issue pricing and proprietary trading. Before Smith Barney, Mr. Fischer was a convertible trader at Drexel Burnham and at Cohen Feit & Company. Prior to his trading career, Mr. Fischer was a Certified Public Accountant in both public and private practice
He is also the co-founder of Gratitude Railroad, an impact investment organization focused on catalyzing positive social and environmental change through investments in companies (or funds that invest in such companies) whose product or service directly benefits livings things or the planet. Gratitude Railroad operates under the belief that non-concessionary capitalism, practiced in a conscious manner, is the most powerful and viable force to achieve sustainable and durable results.
In addition to his impact leadership role at GRR, Mr. Fischer is on the investment committee at The Builders Fund (impact p/e), the advisory board at Atlas Impact Partners (impact long/short), the investors committee at Terviva (plant protein from Pongamia trees) and on the board of directors at DoneGood (shopping platform for ethical and sustainable products).
Mr. Fischer serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), 1% for the Planet and The Carbon Underground.
He holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a fellow and senior fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University