Holt Thrasher

Holt has more than 35 years’ experience in investment banking, operating management and consulting. He also brings to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation two decades’ work in leadership roles for not-for-profit environmental and conservation groups.

Holt is currently Founder and CEO of Synovia Capital, focused on investing in the ecosystem management and data analytics sector. In 2002, he founded and served as Managing Partner of Mooreland Partners, an information technology sector focused investment bank. Holt previously was a partner at Broadview Holdings, a global merger and acquisition advisory and investment firm. He was also a vice president at Smith Barney, Harris, Upham & Co. and associate with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

In addition to his National Marine Sanctuary Foundation role, Holt is a member of the President’s Council of CERES, a sustainability focused non-profit. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the National Audubon Society and has been an active conservationist and nature enthusiast for more than 20 years. In 2001, he was a founding member and Chair of the Board of Audubon Connecticut. He joined the National Board five years later and was named Chair in 2008. His leadership played a critical role in advancing Audubon’s legislative, educational and conservation operations; guiding it to re-establish its science based mission to conserve birds and their habitats; and strengthening Audubon’s place as one of the nation’s foremost environmental organizations.

Holt has a B.A. from Colby College and an M.B.A. from the International Institute of Management Development, Switzerland.