Shaiza Rizavi

Shaiza is a money manager and managing member at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., a dual-registered broker-dealer and investment adviser committed to giving the individual investor who possesses long-term patience and fortitude an opportunity to create wealth. Her philosophy for aggressive growth involves investing in companies creating a new class of products and services that look to change people’s lives while building capital.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia Business School, Shaiza remains active at both institutions. At Vanderbilt University, she returns as a guest lecturer and serves on the Campaign Cabinet and, at Columbia Business School, she sits on the Board of Overseers and Co-Chairs the Advisory Board of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, the Investment Board of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, and the Board of Managers of the Columbia Investment Management Company.

In addition, she serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Acumen where she learns about business strategies to address poverty in East and West Africa, India, Pakistan and the Americas. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the NationSwell Council.

Shaiza lives in New York City with her husband and their four children, one of whom is a 2018 Seed.

“Having seen first hand the difference Seeds of Peace made in my own child's life, supporting the organization felt quite natural. As my own understanding of Seeds deepens, I can see how the organization—its framework, tools, training and people—allows for difficult conversations to take place in a completely different way. Seeds of Peace helps us imagine a future where power comes from our mutual gain and the expansion of opportunity, freedom and choice.”