Akasha AbsherPrincipal and President
Principal and PresidentAkasha Absher joined Syntrinsic Investment Counsel in 2013. She serves on the firm’s Investment Committee and oversees the firm’s efforts to provide investment advice and strategic consulting to private foundations, public charities and philanthropic private clients.
Akasha’s background includes investment consulting, investment banking, fixed-income trading, risk management and nonprofit leadership, which gives her a unique blend of expertise and experience to work with clients to invest all resources with mission and business strategy. Prior to joining Syntrinsic, she spent many years as a Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst at Lucidus Capital Partners and Caxton Associates. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and Senior Publishing Analyst at JP Morgan. Akasha earned her Series 65 through FINRA.
Akasha was recently voted one of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women. A 2015 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Denver class, she now serves on the board of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She’s a dedicated community volunteer and serves as the secretary of the board of Colorado Charter Facility Solutions and on the Denver College Success Corporation. Additionally, she is a board of advisors member of Colorado Succeeds and serves on the Pinnacol Assurance Investment Committee. Previously, Akasha was a board member of Florence Crittenton, and past co-chair of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s Power of Extended Philanthropy Club, and Rose Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council.
Originally from New York, Akasha earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University and her MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. She and her husband moved to Colorado from New York City to enjoy their family and the mountains. When not spending time with family, Akasha can be found practicing yoga and is a certified instructor. She enjoys hiking, reading and traveling, both domestically and abroad.
“Our clients inspire me with the work they do every day to create an inclusive, sustainable and just world. Our partnership provides them with the opportunity to be more strategic, scale community impact and grow assets for the future.
I’m also inspired by the inclusive and collaborative community in Denver across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. There are so many people coming together to figure out ways to create a society that is healthy and vibrant, and that is truly inspiring.”