Our Team

  • Chris Russell  |  Managing Director

Christopher Russell is co-founder and Managing Director of Mercatus Partners, LLC. He oversees all activities related to acquisitions, financing, and asset management for the company. Christopher has acquired or developed more than $1.5 Billion in institutional real estate assets over his career. As Senior Analyst for acquisitions and development with Pacific Life Insurance Company (#298 in Fortune 500), he played an instrumental role in more than doubling the size of the company’s equity real estate portfolio. This was done through directing investments in multifamily, single family, and commercial real estate assets. Prior to Pacific Life, Christopher served as Managing Director of Acquisitions and Capital Markets for RedHill Realty Investors, a multifamily sponsor based in San Diego, CA. While with RedHill, he helped to source and negotiate programmatic joint ventures with multiple major financial institutions. As a part of those joint ventures, he was responsible for identifying, vetting, acquiring, and managing, value-add and core-plus investments located, predominantly, in the western United States. During his tenure at RedHill, the firm produced a +25% IRR to its institutional investor clients and returns in excess of 35% IRR to the firm’s private, high net-worth clients.