Former FHLB Chicago President and CEO, Alex J. Pollock, named Finzat Block Senior Advisor
Finzat Block LLC., a Block One Capital portfolio company, announced that Alex J. Pollock has become a Senior Advisor to the firm. Mr. Pollock, former President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, will provide Finzat with guidance regarding business strategy, product innovation, and executive leadership.
“Blockchain is emerging as a potential paradigm-shifting technology in mortgage finance. I look forward to working with Finzat Block on using blockchain to restructure the technological underpinnings of mortgage market transactions,” Mr. Pollock said.
Mr. Pollock is currently a distinguished senior fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. As President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004, Mr. Pollock was the creator of the MPF mortgage origination program that was the first to provide community financial institutions a way to share credit risk and provide a meaningful alternative to selling mortgages to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Mr. Pollock currently serves as a director of the CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and the Great Books Foundation, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University. He was also the past-President of the International Union for Housing Finance.
Mr. Pollock has written extensively on economic cycles, risk and uncertainty, mortgage markets, central banking and the politics of finance. His new book, “Finance and Philosophy“, is expected to be published by Paul Dry Books in October of this year.
Mr. Pollock is a graduate of Williams College. He completed his MA at the University of Chicago and MPA in international affairs at Princeton University.
“We are fortunate to have Alex’s considerable experience and mortgage market knowledge on the team as Finzat strives to bring the benefits of blockchain into the mortgage mainstream”, said Gnanesh Coomaraswamy, Finzat founder and CEO.