tom lockard

Why did you decide to join Fundrise?

I had been a partner at an 80 year old boutique investment bank.

When we sold to a public company, I looked to find something with the same vitality, promise, and spirit of entrepreneurship that had brought me to investment banking 30 years ago.

Fundrise was the perfect fit.

What do you like most about working at Fundrise?

Each day is different, but all are filled with challenges, gaffs, and successes.

How did you first break into your field

Anita Summers told me I didn’t go to Wharton to be a city manager.

I looked for small, thinly capitalized investments banks on the west coast specializing in economic development and municipal finance and walked into an old company that was re-constituting its public finance practice.

We rode a large wave of California growth.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Edward Snowden.