Alcova provides commercial real estate developers flexible bridge lending solutions.

Alcova offers investors robust, uncorrelated and contractual income.

Alcova Capital’s home is the 43rd floor of the GE Building, an Art Deco icon built in 1931 to house RCA and later its parent General Electric.

Our Strategy

Alcova builds on its longstanding real estate industry relationships to source, evaluate, underwrite, execute on and manage real estate bridge loans.

Privately originated real estate investments:

Bridge Lending

Alcova takes a flexible and creative approach with a speed and certainty of execution to help borrowers acquire properties and execute on their business plans.

B-Notes/Mezzanine Loans/Preferred Equity

Alcova can provide a one-stop financing solution by pairing a senior bridge loan with subordinate debt or preferred equity.

Opportunity Zone Equity

Alcova utilizes its lending platform to source opportunistic, bespoke Qualified Opportunity Zone equity investments.

ALCOVA / ‘al’kōv’a / noun: Italian; translation: alcove

A niche inlay apart from a greater space, denoting a unique purpose and role

A place apart from the trafficked mainstream, offering a recess from the crowd

Alcova Capital seeks to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns from structurally inefficient niche markets

Lending Portfolio

Our bridge loans provide transitional financing to commercial real estate developers with valuable assets. Characteristics include:

  • Premier U.S. markets, a defensive approach which tends to offer more liquidity and recovery from recession
  • A preference for easier lease-up properties and more proximate cash flow
  • Target $5-50 million loans which show visibility to repayment in 9-18 months
  • Consideration of pre-development/land, small-scale construction, re-lease, value-add and master plan lending

Opportunity Zone Equity

Utilizing our bridge lending network to secure Opportunity Zone equity investments which have the following characteristics:

  • High growth markets
  • Investments underwrite on a stand-alone basis
  • Enhanced upside through favorable tax characteristics, including deferral of capital gains, reduction in capital gains and tax-free returns on investment on a 10-year hold
  • Lending Portfolio
  • Opportunity Zone

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Alcova’s management team has relevant real estate, investment banking, asset management and operational experience.

Founding Partner

Russell Diamond

Russell co-founded Alcova Capital in 2016 and is involved in all aspects of its operation as a Managing Partner. He has spent his 30+ year career in finance, including at Spectrum Group Management, Gates Capital Management and West Side Advisors.

Russell earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University in Government and Italian Literature.

He is a trustee and served as Investment Chair and Treasurer of Children's Aid, the largest children's welfare agency in New York City. Russell and his wife Mica have two grown children and a golden retriever named Giorgio. He co-founded the Sag Harbor Cycle Company and is an avid cyclist, kiteboarder and skier.

Founding Partner

Matthew Grodin

Matthew co-founded Alcova Capital in 2016. As a Managing Partner he is involved in all aspects of the business with a focus on its investment activities. He has 24 years of experience in real estate finance and principal investing. Since Alcova Capital’s inception, he has led over $650 million in debt and equity investments secured by commercial real estate projects in major U.S. markets. These investments were deployed across multifamily, industrial, residential master plan and single-family rental communities throughout the U.S.

Matthew was a Managing Director at Spectrum Group Management, an asset manager focused on direct lending and distressed credit. He began his career as an investment banker at JPMorgan in the real estate, gaming and lodging group where he advised clients on over $10 billion of debt, equity and M&A transactions.

Matthew graduated with a BS from Cornell University. He lives in Armonk, NY with his wife and two children. He’s an active angel investor in early-stage technology companies. Representative venture-backed SaaS and Fintech companies include AngelList, Bread, CompStak, Dataminr, Pluralsight and RealtyMogul.

Chief Financial Officer

Tristan Greene

Tristan joined Alcova Capital in 2018 and is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. He oversees numerous areas of the firm, including accounting, financial reporting, regulatory compliance, investor relations and financial planning.

Prior to joining Alcova Capital, he was a Finance Manager at Benefit Street Partners, a credit-focused asset manager. At Benefit Street, he managed finance, accounting, financial reporting, operations and valuation functions. Before that, he was a member of the finance team at Fifth Street Asset Management. Tristan began his career in public accounting at a regional firm now part of Marcum LLP.

Tristan holds a BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and son and is an avid cyclist.

Vice President, Investments

Samuel Hockfield

Sam is a Vice President of Investments at Alcova Capital, where he is involved in the origination, structuring and execution of investments across real estate asset types and geographies. Since joining Alcova Capital in 2017, he has worked on over $650 million in real estate debt and equity investments.

Prior to joining Alcova Capital, Sam was an Investment Associate at Corridor Ventures, a real estate investment company. He began his career as a member of Wheel Program at CBRE, a 14-month rotational program in which associates rotate through four different groups in various subsectors of the real estate industry.

Sam graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan. He lives in Melville, NY with his wife and two children and is an avid golfer.

Investment Associate

Brent Katlan

Brent joined Alcova Capital in 2022, where he is responsible for analyzing and originating new investment opportunities as well as supporting existing investments.

Prior to joining Alcova Capital, Brent was a Senior Analyst at Capital One. At Capital One, Brent was a member of the Commercial Real Estate Strategy team, which focused on growth initiatives to boost efficiency and profitability within the Commercial Real Estate Lending platform. Prior to this role, Brent worked as an Analyst on the Commercial Loss Forecasting team at Capital One.

Brent graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Finance and Accounting from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Investor Relations Associate

Julie Kurens

Julie joined Alcova Capital in 2024 as an Investor Relations Associate. Her primary responsibilities include assisting with investor communications and reporting as well as maintaining the CRM system.

Prior to joining Alcova Capital, she was a Senior Associate at KPMG. At KPMG, Julie was a member of the Financial Services Advisory practice, where she specialized in identifying problem-solving strategies to enhance business performance, streamline processes and aid top-tier banks in meeting their strategic objectives.

Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Finance from Lehigh University.


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