The Team

Our uniquely structured community of investors brings optimum insight to all of our investing decisions. At the center of this community is our board, surrounded by the Gratitude Investment Partners - all working together, leveraging their shared knowledge and experience. Surrounding these inner circles is the broader Gratitude Community connected to and collaborating with the whole.

Team Infographic

How we got our start

Gratitude Railroad was founded in 2013 by Howard Fischer and Eric Jacobsen after attending the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Howard, a hedge fund CEO, and Eric, a tech entrepreneur and private equity investor, developed Gratitude Railroad to transform traditional capitalism into a force for solving critical environmental and social problems. Together, they envisioned building a community that supported Gratitude Railroad and was committed to bettering the world.

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GRR Board & Team

Howard Fischer

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist

Eric Jacobsen

Co-Founder & Conductor of Purpose

Thomas Knowles

Managing Partner

Joe Hammer

Board Member

Sarah Berner

Board Member

Peter Knight

Board Member

Harry Rappaport

Investment Analyst

Stephanie Stettler

Director of Community

Jenna Bussman-Wise

Eden Renee

Graduate Intern

Gratitude Investment Partners

Gratitude Investment Partners is our founding investor group dedicated to active involvement in the Gratitude Railroad investing process. Consisting of 10 core members that have pledged capital to invest alongside the board and bring extensive operating and investing acumen to increase our capacity and improve execution.

Community Partners


TIAA Endowment & Philanthropic Services is committed to the ongoing success of nonprofit organizations dedicated to making a positive impact on their communities and the world around them. We specialize in asset management for nonprofit institutions, providing comprehensive endowment management services, sophisticated planned gift management, and institutional-branded donor advised funds. Our clients gain access to extensive resources that support the growth of their financial assets, allowing them to focus on the initiatives most important to fulfilling their missions.

Align Impact

Align Impact is an independent, specialized impact advisory firm that serves and collaborates with individuals, families, foundations, and their financial advisors to increase the effectiveness and alignment of philanthropic grants, impact investments, and mission related investments.

Gratitude Community

The Gratitude Community is a network of accomplished investors, academics, activists, business leaders and entrepreneurs who share our values and vision of harnessing capitalism as a force for good. 

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