Howard Fischer

Founder & Board Member

Gratitude Railroad

Howard is co-founder and chief evangelist of Gratitude Railroad. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Basso Capital Management, L.P. a convertible securities hedge fund management company. Additionally, Howard serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee where he is responsible for strategy allocation and risk management, as well as portfolio manager for the firm’s dedicated SPAC fund.

Previously, Howard 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.

Howard serves as the CFO of the Board of Trustees of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovation in Action/the Center for Entrepreneurship and DoneGood.DoneGood is a mobile app that makes it easy to go green, shop organic, buy local, support workers and more. He holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Uphill over downhill; Snow over sand; Read over watch; Trees over skyscrapers; Pizza over steak; Conversation over gossip; Disagree over agree; Karma over science; Instinct over spread sheets; Relationship over contract.