About Jody Kriss
Jody Kriss’ career has been defined by integrity. For the past twenty years, he has developed and financed some of the finest real estate New York City has to offer. Since founding East River Partners in 2010, Jody Kriss has worked closely in developing hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial properties in Brooklyn and Manhattan’s brownstone neighborhoods.
While well-known for his many accomplishments, Jody is also passionate about giving back to the community. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and has even been a guest speaker at NYU and the Wharton Alumni club of NYC. Additionally, he is involved with Team in Training, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Education and Career History
Jody’s career began after his graduation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Directly after his undergraduate education, Jody Kriss began working as an Analyst and Project Manager for the Athena Group, helping to develop high-end real estate in Manhattan. The first property he worked on, 838 Fifth Avenue, was the first condominium to reach $2,000 per square foot in 1999. Jody transitioned into an associate position with APC Realty Advisors, an investment banking firm. There he contributed to a multitude of projects, including the conversion of a 100,000 square foot condominium in Tribeca.
After APC, Jody Kriss became a partner in a development company where he was a principal in the development of a 47-floor ground-up hotel project in Manhattan as well as the rezoning of a 13-acre property on the waterfront in Queens. In 2010, Kriss co-founded East River Partners LLC with Joseph Cohen.
About East River Partners, LLC
East River Partners has earned a reputation for being capable of executing difficult projects and Jody’s leadership is a large part of that reputation. East River Partners combines the roles of real estate developer and investment manager by operating its own discretionary funds. By joining those roles in a single, vertically integrated model, East River Partners are able to streamline not only the development and finance processes, but also improve their buyer’s experience.
Kriss and his team at East River Partners pay the utmost attention to detail. They create homes for their buyers or renters, not just residential spaces. East River Partners develops family-oriented apartments, combining historical architecture and modern amenities to create beautiful living spaces. Over eight years at ERP, Jody has successfully completed ten condominium projects and helped assemble its portfolio of hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial properties in the northeast.
The neighborhoods they are working in are specifically targeted for high desirability. ERP develops in areas where demand is strong, of course, but they also pinpoint areas where new supply is limited. Jody Kriss and East River Partners want to bring beautiful housing opportunities to neighborhoods in need of options. Jody’s biggest accomplishments with ERP was awarded the Best Adaptive Reuse award in 2017 by the Victorian Society of New York for his work preserving the Mezritch Synagogue in the East Village.
Jody Kriss and his work with ERP has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Financial Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Mansion Global and many other media outlets.
Jody Kriss’ success has been the result of hard work, commitment to collaboration, and a tenacious pursuit of excellence. His professional accomplishments are numerous and yet his finest work is still ahead of him. East River Partners has several exciting developments in the works.