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 hedge fund management company focused on Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations (SPACs). Howard is the portfolio manager for the firm’s dedicated SPAC fund and oversees all operating and marketing efforts. Previously, Howard was co-head of the institutional convertible trading desk at Smith Barney. Before Smith Barney, he was a convertible trader at Drexel Burnham and at Cohen Feit & Company. Prior to his trading career, Howard was a Certified Public Accountant in both public and private practice.

Howard serves on the Boards of 1% For The Planet, The Carbon Underground, and advises BrightEdge, the investment fund of the American Cancer Society. He also has advisory/board roles at DoneGood, Builders Fund, Atlas Impact Partners and Blackdirt Capital. Howard holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a 2013 and 2014 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; Instinct over spread sheets; Relationship over contract.