A designer and painter, Pollard was born in Bronxville, New York. At the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked under the trainee program of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He then worked in architectural theatre design and joined the US Navy during the Second World War.
Donald Pollard joined Steuben in 1950. Among his many designs for Steuben, his best known is The Great Ring of Canada, presented by the President and the people of the United States to the Prime Minister and the people of Canada on the Centenary of Canada’s nationhood in 1967.
Today, examples of Pollard’s work for Steuben are held in many major private and public collections.