Ken Fisher brings a dedication to service within every facet of his life, from his philanthropic work to his leadership role for the national real estate firm Fisher Brothers.
At the forefront of Fisher’s career focus is his commitment to supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, which spans more than 25 years. As chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, he oversees a network of 71 Fisher Houses for military and veterans’ families throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. These homes provide much-needed housing to more than 30,000 families each year, allowing them to stay close to loved ones being treated at major military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
As a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, he is responsible for managing, marketing, and leasing a portfolio of more than 6.5-million square feet of commercial properties in New York City, Washington D.C, and around the country. In addition to serving on the executive committees of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Washington D.C.-based Real Estate Round Table, Fisher is also an executive committee member of the City Investment Fund.
In his work on behalf of service members, Fisher continues a legacy started by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, who created the Fisher House Foundation in 1990. The nonprofit is part of Fisher Family Charities, which includes the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund; the Intrepid Relief Fund; and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where Fisher also serves as co-chairman.
In 2007, Fisher was selected as one of “America’s Best Leaders,” a collaboration between _U.S. News & World Report_ and Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership. That same year, he was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
In 2009, Fisher received the Association of the United States Army’s highest civilian honor, the George C. Marshall Medal. He was also chosen as an inaugural recipient of the Lincoln Awards in 2015, which recognized exceptional citizens who provided opportunities and support to
Fisher has also been deeply involved with the Invictus Games. He established the nonprofit Military Adaptive Sports Inc. to host the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, where he not only helped oversee a week-long series of sporting events but also an international symposium aimed at easing the transition of service members to civilian life.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Fisher received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science from the university in May 2016. The award caps a series of distinctions, inductions, and high civilian honors, which includes the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award (2004) and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2012, 2013), among many others.
Fisher continues to serve and support wounded warriors and their families through his involvement with the Wounded Warrior Project® Board of Directors, which he joined in 2016.