Prior to his work with Forge and as the Principal of Evolve, his investment company, Chris served as national Head of Research for Rockwood Capital, a privately held real estate investment and advisory firm managing more than $8.3 billion of equity commitments from investors. From 1999 through 2011, Chris was responsible for acquisitions and asset management on the East Coast, including sourcing transactions and negotiating joint venture partnerships. Chris was voted into the partnership of Rockwood in 2006 and served on the Investment Committees of Funds V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX. He also served as member of the Research and Strategy Committee and of the Management Committee.
Chris has a particular interest in the delivery of affordable housing in the urban core. From 1992 to 1997, Chris served as the Director of various tax incentive programs for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The Inclusionary and 421(a) Housing Programs provided increased density bonus and real estate tax exemptions for market rate residential developments in exchange for the creation of affordable housing. The 421(g) Program, also known as the Lower Manhattan Residential Conversion Program, provided real estate tax exemptions to incentivize private sector developers to convert obsolete office buildings to residential use; the program resulted in the conversion of over 5,000 units to residential use.
Chris remains an active voice in the LGBTQ community, serving as Vice Chair the Board of Directors of StartOut, as well as the Board of GLAAD. He also serves as Board Director at Mogul REIT II and was previously a member of the Board of the West Side Urban Forum. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts, Metropolitan Studies from New York University in 1990 and a Masters of Business Administration from Yale University in 1999. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys swimming, indoor cycling and frequent family taco Tuesday’s with his husband, Victor, and their daughters Coco and Kiki.