Sarosh Olpadwala is the Director of Real Estate in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in DC. He is responsible for overseeing the inter-agency acquisition, asset management, leasing, disposition, and strategic planning of a portfolio of District-based development projects worth over $13 billion. Located across all eight District Wards, the projects vary in size from small-scale neighborhood retail to the 100 acres St. Elizabeth’s East Campus Redevelopment to the $4 billion initiative to reclaim the long-neglected Anacostia Waterfront.
Sarosh measures his agency’s success primarily in the maximization of public value and community benefits negotiated into land dispositions, including additional affordable housing, underserved community economic development, job creation, and small and local business development. He leads a team of project managers who provide an open, transparent, responsive, and service-oriented real estate department for the residents and businesses in DC.
Prior to his appointment to the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Sarosh’s career spanned both the public and private sectors, including positions with Norcross Boldt, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Cherokee Investment Partners and Clark Construction. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.