Josh Rosen is a Co-Founder of Sustainable Community Associates. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from Oberlin College in 2001 with a degree in Politics.
Josh and his two fellow co-founders formed Sustainable Community Associates as a corporation in the spring of 2001 while still students at Oberlin College. In between studying for their final exams, they played Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would be the President, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the corporation. When all three refused to throw anything other than "rock", they flipped a coin.
Initial plans included starting a community center for local youth and centralizing innovative programs that they had been involved in while students. As time passed, the co-founders realized that opportunities to catalyze change are rare and that they had an opportunity to start something which tried to address the long-standing challenges that Oberlin faces. High-quality housing for people of all incomes, a need for new business and job creation and a need to bring more people downtown, made the trio realize that they were actually in the business of real estate development, and the East College Street Project began to take shape.
Over the last few years the organization has received federal appropriations, negotiated Tax Increment Financing agreements with the City of Oberlin, cleaned up a brownfield and closed a fifteen million dollar financing package.