Biography
Eric OlsonReal Estate and Urban Land Economics

Eric Olson is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and joined the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate after earning his Bachelors of Science in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. 

After graduating, Eric provided environmental consulting and project management services to a wide variety of public and private sector clients and advanced many brownfields remediation and redevelopment projects throughout the Great Lakes region. In his later time as a municipal planner in Chicago’s North Shore, Eric’s work included crafting affordable housing policy and quantitative models that optimize both developer incentives and housing trust fund revenues, managing streetscape design and implementation using TIF funds, analyzing and creating new zoning policies, shepherding projects representing tens of millions in investment through complicated zoning entitlement and permitting processes, and collaborating with developers to refine projects to better fit the political context and planning vision of the community. 

His real estate interests lie in projects that restore the environment, grow local tax bases, exceed investment performance goals, and make blighted properties community assets once again. To best leverage his experience in brownfields and urban planning, Eric intends to pursue opportunities in Development. 

Beyond real estate, Eric is an avid drummer and a passionate advocate for the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program.