Chairman, Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
Kenneth Fisher is a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, based in New York City, and is part of the third generation of leadership, overseeing the leasing, management and marketing of more than five million square feet of class-A commercial space in Midtown Manhattan covering the Park, 6th and 3rd Avenue corridors and 1.5 million square feet in Washington DC.
Ken is a member of the executive committees of New York’s Board of Governors and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), and has received its prestigious Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award.
He is a member of the executive committee of the City Investment Fund, a $700 million multi-year plan established in 1996 to mobilize the city’s financial and business leaders to help build a stronger and more diversified local economy. He is also a member of the board of directors of Strategic Board of Hotels and Resorts and the Washington D.C. based Real Estate Round Table.
As a philanthropist, Ken is Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that constructs “comfort homes” for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans. Founded in 1990 by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, the program has built 63 houses in the United States and Germany, and partnered with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Help for Heroes to open a Fisher House for British Families in the United Kingdom. Fisher Houses serve more than 22,000 families each year and have saved more than $200 million in lodging and travel costs since inception. The foundation also administers the Hero Miles program, allowing frequent flyers to donate their unused airline miles to provide free tickets to military families, and the Hotel for Heroes program.
Ken serves as the co-chairman of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, which welcomes nearly 1 million visitors every year. Also founded by his uncle Zachary, the Intrepid Museum is home to more than 30 military aircraft, the nuclear submarine Growler, and the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise.
Ken has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the second with Bronze Palm, presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security or defense of the United States, and is the nation’s highest non-combat related military award and highest joint service decoration.
He has also been twice awarded the Army Service Award and is both an honorary Army Green Beret (2004) and an Honorary Marine (2011).
In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Ken to the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, which conducted a comprehensive review of the care provided to soldiers who return from the battlefield.
He has received the George C. Marshall Award from the Association of the United States Army, its highest honor. The Secretary of the Army granted his branch’s highest civilian award, the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, to Ken as well. He has also received the Secretary’s Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, its highest honor.
Ken has received a Public Awareness award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report. He has also received the Arts & Entertainment television network’s prestigious “Lives That Make a Difference” Award.
He sits on the board of directors of the New York’s Finest Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the General Command and Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as a trustee of the New York City Association for the Help of Retarded Children.