After careers in law and finance, technology, and venture capital, Richard Fishman is currently senior counselor to Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest organization of leading social entrepreneurs. He is also an active angel investor in technology and theater (most recently in "The Book of Mormon" and "Fish in the Dark"). Richard began his career as a civil rights and legal services lawyer and created the first housing and economic development law program in the Southern U.S.
Mr. Fishman subsequently headed the American Bar Association’s National Housing Law Program and its National Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth. In private law practice, as a senior corporate partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, he headed the firm’s structured finance practice, representing major Wall Street investment banks in structuring complex financial instruments, as well as doing initial public offerings and bank M&A deals.
Mr. Fishman left the law firm to become president of Thinking Machines Corporation, which, at the time, used massively parallel processing (the precursor to cloud computing) to build the world’s fastest supercomputers. Upon the reorganization of TMC, he began investing in early-stage companies, initially through boutique VC firms and then heading venture capital investing for MacAndrews & Forbes Group (the diversified holding company of Ronald O. Perelman). Richard has served and currently serves on the boards of numerous publicly traded and privately held companies and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Fishman is currently on the board of two remarkable NGOs: iCivics.com (founded and chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor) and Cure Violence.