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Kenneth Fisher is a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, the prestigious real estate firm based in New York City. He is also an active philanthropist whose dedication to improving the lives of our military, veterans, and their families has been recognized at the highest levels.
Ken continues a proud family tradition as part of the Fisher Brothers third generation of leadership, overseeing the leasing, management, budget process, and marketing of more than 6 million square feet of class-A commercial space in Midtown Manhattan and Washington, DC.
In addition to his responsibilities at Fisher Brothers, Ken is a member of the executive committee of the City Investment Fund, a $770 million dollar investment vehicle co-sponsored by Fisher Brothers and Morgan Stanley, designed to pursue strategic real estate investments exclusively within the five boroughs of New York City. He is a member of the executive committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, Board of Governors and is a member of the Washington D.C.-based Real Estate Round Table.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Realogy Corporation, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a publicly traded REIT.
Ken’s primary philanthropic work is done as the Chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, a public/private 501c-3 that constructs comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans, allowing them to stay free of charge for as long as their hospital stay lasts. Founded in 1990 by his late Uncle Zachary Fisher, the program currently aids more than 19,000 families per year, and has saved a total of $200 million in travel and lodging costs. To date, the Foundation has built 60 houses across the country and Germany, and will open its 61st house in the United Kingdom to serve British Military families in June.
Because of his extensive work with those wounded, in 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Ken to The President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, better known as the Dole-Shalala commission, that made specific recommendations to improve the system, by conducting a comprehensive review of the care provided soldiers returning from the battle field.
In addition, he is co-chair of the Intrepid Museum, also in New York City, new home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The ship welcomed one million visitors in 2012 and is the center of the annual Fleet Week celebrations, as well as home to a variety of educational programs for students of all ages.
In 2012 Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz presented Ken with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. In 2009, the Association of the United States Army awarded Ken its highest honor, the George C. Marshall Medal. Ken has received a Public Awareness Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. In 2005, the Honorable Francis J. Harvey presented Ken with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Army may grant to a private citizen. In 2004, the Honorable Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, presented Ken with The Secretary’s Award, the highest honor bestowed on individuals or organizations by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ken has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and has received the Arts & Entertainment television network’s prestigious Lives That Make a Difference Award.
Ken also sits on the board of the Intrepid Museum, New York’s Finest Foundation, the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, The Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Ken resides in New York City with his wife and three children.