Welcome to the Board Brad Pollock

Friends of the Chicago River is pleased to welcome Brad Pollock, area vice president of WM (Waste Management), to Friends' Board of Directors. Brad is an expert in zero-waste system strategies to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

From 2012 through 2017, Brad oversaw WM’s operations of the WM Phoenix Open which was recognized as the largest zero-waste sporting event in the world. An alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Pollock also holds a master’s degree from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

"Serving on the board of Friends of the Chicago River is a wonderful opportunity for me to contribute to the good work that WM and Friends achieve together for the improvement and protection of the river system,” Pollock said. “Zero-waste strategies are one example of how, as a community, we can greatly improve the health of the river system. At WM, we help our customers look at their supply chain choices resulting in the reduction of waste, increased recycling opportunities, and improved environmental impact. The WM Phoenix Open, which I was proud to help lead for several years, illustrates how smart supply chain choices leads to the largest zero-waste event in the world.”

WM was named to Barron’s Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies List in 2021 and is a longtime sponsor of Chicago River Day and the Big Fish Ball.