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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith


Managing Director

Chris is an operational hub at East End, joining together his capital allocation and operating company experience. He works collaboratively with everyone at the firm to ensure quality process, product, and execution throughout the ownership/investment cycle – from thoughtful acquisition, to aggressive asset management, to nimble disposition. Utilizing his legal and fiduciary training, Chris also helps guide the team to maintain a strong commitment to transparency and compliance.

Before joining East End, Chris was the Chief Transactions Officer at Penzance, the value-add Washington D.C. real estate operator, where he guided the firm’s acquisitions, asset management, and capital raising efforts. Prior to that, Chris was a partner at CityView, the Los Angeles-based opportunity fund. There, he was instrumental in investing and managing over $750 million of institutional capital in real estate development projects in thirteen states domestically, and developing institutional investment and management processes for the expanding business. Originally trained as a lawyer at the New York University School of Law, Chris spent the first six years of his career as a commercial real estate lawyer at Fried Frank in New York and Paul Hastings in Los Angeles.