Samuel Polakoff, Managing Director
Samuel has extensive experience in real estate development, construction management, marketing and leasing, and property management.
Much of Mr. Polakoff’s fundamental belief in urban redevelopment, smart-growth and conservation comes from his roots and academic training. Born and raised in Baltimore, he received a BA from Connecticut College with a double major in Government and Urban Studies and then an MS in Real Estate from The Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Polakoff’s first real estate employment was working with the Director of the former non-profit Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships. He has been a principal in a real estate brokerage company and, as president of a real estate consulting company, has worked on a wide array of projects ranging from the review and analysis of private real estate portfolios to the representation of non-profit and institutional clients.
Mr. Polakoff served as the owner’s representative and project manager for the expansion and renovation of the Baltimore School for the Arts, one of Baltimore’s best public schools and great institutions. All in, it was a $30 million, six year, six phase project that utilized Maryland State Historic Tax Credits, a US HUD grant, State School Construction funding, Baltimore City funding, a Baltimore City debt guarantee and private sector fundraising to finance the project.
Mr. Polakoff is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Property Owners Association of Greater Baltimore, served on the Environmental Control Board of Baltimore City, and has served on several local task forces, including the 2000 Management & Efficiency Review of Baltimore City by GBC and the President’s Roundtable.
Mr. Polakoff is committed to the betterment of his community through civic contributions as well. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, is the President of Maryland Art Place, is the Chair of Stage One at the Baltimore School for the Arts and is active with the Associated Jewish Charities where, among other roles, he is the Real Estate Industry Group Event Chair.
Samuel was identified by Baltimore Magazine as one of the business “40 under 40” in 2001.