The term “Frolic” describes a tradition in which hundreds of families gather to raise a barn in one week. Frolics were a demonstration of what is possible when a community comes together to build its future.
We created Frolic to enable communities to build projects that reflect the way they want to live. We partner with single-family homeowners to co-develop multi-family housing on their properties. Homes in our projects can be purchased with low down payments and are affordable to middle-income families.
The Frolic model emerged after 2 years of research at the Center for Real Estate at MIT, with input from over 180 innovators and experts in housing, finance, and community-driven development and support from The Terner Center for Housing Innovation, MIT, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Brookings Institution.
Meet Our Team
Co-founder & CEO
Tamara enjoys rethinking funding and ownership structures in order to expand who can own a home and see a future in their city. Prior to starting Frolic, she did urban economics and affordable housing policy consulting and worked as a developer focused on equitable economic development. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies with Honors from Stanford University and a Master in City Planning (MCP) and Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from MIT.
Louisa Bukiet has worked for over a decade in the built environment on diverse design, engineering, and development projects. Prior to her work at Frolic she completed a Masters In Real Estate Development + Design (MREDD) at UC Berkeley where she worked at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation as a Graduate Student Fellow and completed a capstone project on the value of public space in building community.
Leland heads our community outreach and homebuyer training programs. He is an excellent facilitator and is helping build out the larger Frolic Ecosystem of partners, residents, and community members. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington and a minor in Data Analytics
Co-founder & COO
Josh loves the complexity of design, and creating new futures by bringing less-heard voices and needs to the center of the development process. Before co-founding Frolic at MIT, he ran a design firm in Copenhagen and has 8 years of planning and development experience. His work focuses on just transformation of neighborhoods and soft density. He holds a Master in City Planning (MCP) from MIT and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Environmental Design from Brown University.
Alex is a licensed real estate broker and heads the development team with our partners, Hybrid Development. He brings experience in building pro formas, conducting market analysis and feasibility, architectural design, permitting, and construction oversight. He helps home owners and partners as they navigate creating frolics on their land alongside our development team. He holds a B.A. in development studies from Pacific University.
Livia helps keep the frolic ship afloat, working on a wide range of projects and needs. She has an B.A. in Economics and International and Public Affairs from Brown University. While in school she interned at real estate, civic engagement, and LGBTQ+ organizations and developed an interest in the intersection of economics, policy, and community/coalition building.
Retired EVP Wells Fargo, Home Ownership Strategy & Growth
CEO & Founder of iimpact
Partner & COO of iimpact
Former President of Quadrant Homes
MIT Professor Civic and Community Engagement