To achieve truly sustainable communities, Joshua Pollard believes in a holistic approach to real estate investment. It is this belief that led him, in 2014, to found Omicelo, a mission-driven real estate investment firm that aims to create comprehensive economic change throughout communities without unnecessary displacement of residents and businesses. According to Pollard, the company’s president and CEO, we “revolutionize the approach to real estate, development, asset management, and construction…. to stabilize communities that are on the cusp of significant change.” A nonprofit spin-off and Foundation grantee, Omicelo Cares, addresses the affordable housing crisis and the poor health outcomes within specific zip codes through “demand side” economics—increasing incomes and wealth, rather than building more public housing and hospital emergency rooms.
Pollard holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in economics and statistics from the University of Rochester and a management studies certificate of finance from the university’s William E. Simon School of Business. He previously led U.S. housing research for Goldman Sachs and was responsible for a $100 million portfolio of real estate securities at Pine River Capital Management. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in 2011. He currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.