Sarosh Olpadwala

Director of Real Estate
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in the District of Columbia

Sarosh Olpadwala is the Director of Real Estate in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in the District of Columbia.  He is responsible for overseeing the inter-agency acquisition, asset management, leasing, disposition and strategic planning of a portfolio of 74 District-based development projects worth over $11 billion.  Located across all eight District Wards, the projects vary in size from small-scale neighborhood retail to the 100 acre St. Elizabeths East Campus Redevelopment to the $4 billion initiative to reclaim the long-neglected Anacostia Waterfront.  In addition to the real estate portfolio, his office includes the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) and manages special economic development finance vehicles for the District, such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

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 development managers who provide an open, transparent, responsive and service-oriented department for the residents and businesses in the District of Columbia.

Prior to his appointment to the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Sarosh‚Äôs 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‚Äôs degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.