Dr. Skylar Olsen Rejoins Zillow

Dr. Skylar Olsen has returned to Zillow as Chief Economist, the company announced.

“I’m honored to return to Zillow as chief economist and help home buyers, sellers, and renters across the country better understand their options and how to best navigate what has become an increasingly trying housing market,” Dr. Olsen said.

“I truly revel in the opportunity to provide the tools and information to help people make some of the biggest, most impactful decisions of their lives.”

Dr. Olsen worked at Zillow from 2012 to 2020, with her most recent position being Senior Principal Economist. She lefts two years ago to found her consultancy, Reimagine Economics, and to serve as head of economics at digital mortgage startup Tomo.

She returns to Zillow Economic Research at the same time another chief economist joins the team, Dr. Orphe Divounguy. 

Dr. Divounguy previously served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, and is the founder and lead consultant at Quantitative Research Group.

He is also a freelance columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business and the IFC Review. His columns have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CNN Business, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, and other major publications. 

Divounguy is also a frequent television and radio guest with appearances on CBS, ABC, Fox, and others.