Skylar Olsen


Skylar Olsen is principal economist at Tomo. In her role, she brings a unique flavor of consumer-friendly analytics to homeowners, homebuyers and home sellers navigating the rapidly evolving housing and mortgage markets. 

Dr. Olsen also teaches Real Estate Evolution and Disruption for the Runstad Department of Real estate at The University of Washington. 

Previously, Olsen was the senior principal economist at Zillow Group and a foundational member of the company’s public-facing economic research program. While at Zillow Group, she authored numerous research projects and directed many of the company’s data-sharing initiatives.

Olsen has more than ten years of experience researching U.S. housing. Olsen has appeared as a housing expert on local, national and international stages, television broadcasts, podcasts, print news and radio stations as well as testified before Congress’ Housing Financial Services Committee on fair housing issues. Her research has been used by consumers, policy makers and other researchers to understand the real estate and mortgage industries and make better decisions. 

She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington, specializing in econometrics and environmental economics and was honored for teaching excellence.