Craig K. Huffman is a Co-Founder and CEO of Metro Edge Development Partners (MEDP). MEDP is a commercial real estate company focused on building a national grid of state-of-the-art, high-performance data centers primarily located in underserved communities across the United States. Prior to MEDP, Mr. Huffman was a Co-Founder and Principal in Ascendance Partners (Ascendance), a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm, established in 2006, focused on commercial real estate investment in metropolitan Chicago. Ascendance was an early sponsor of investment funds that acquired real estate throughout metropolitan Chicago and it has sponsored real estate funds, in excess of $50 million AUM, for foundations, endowments, pension funds, family offices, and high net worth individuals. Several notable Ascendance investors included PNC Community Development Company, LLC, Bank of America, and the Retirement Plan for Chicago Transit Authority Employees’ Trust.
Prior to Ascendance, Mr. Huffman founded and managed a real estate investment firm focused on distressed residential and commercial real estate in underserved areas of metropolitan Chicago. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Huffman served as the Chicago Executive Director and Regional Director of City Year, Inc., a national non-profit, community service organization focused on improving education in low-income communities across the United States. Notably, Mr. Huffman served as the Assistant Treasurer for two re-election campaigns of Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and as a member of the grant-making staff for the Field Foundation and the McCormick Foundation.
Mr. Huffman currently serves on numerous philanthropic boards and is an advisor and investor for several emerging entrepreneurs. Mr. Huffman holds a B.A. from Morehouse College and a master’s degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago.