Fred Harris is managing director of Development at Jonathan Rose Companies, where he directs the expansion and diversification of the Jonathan Rose Companies’ nationwide development portfolio. Fred served for over a decade as senior vice president at AvalonBay Communities Inc., where he was the lead executive for the New York development team, which developed over 5,000 apartments during his tenure. Most recently, as owner of the eponymous Fred Harris Real Estate Development, he served as consultant to some of the tri-state area’s leading developers, including AvalonBay, Hartz Mountain, L+M Development Partners, CIM Group and Kaufman New Ventures.
Fred has also served in prominent real estate roles in the not-for-profit and government worlds, including executive vice president for Real Estate Development at the New York City Housing Authority, Deputy General Counsel for Real Estate and Finance and Director of Real Estate at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as a founding director of NURCHA, the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency in South Africa.
Fred is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Community Builder Award, from Phipps Houses, and the Spirit of the City Award from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He is a published author and has served as adjunct professor at the MS in Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at NYU.