Craig Cassell

Executive Managing Director • United States

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Craig Cassell

Executive Managing Director • United States


Craig Cassell serves as the Global Leader for the Cushman & Wakefield Education Practice Group, a full service, integrated advisory team focused on real estate solutions for the education sector. The Education Practice Group seeks to assist in the development and implementation of strategies throughout the lifecycle of Pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary school clients. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011.

Mr. Cassell has over 15 years of commercial real estate advisory experience, most of which he has spent building the education platform, expanding its capabilities and resources, and creating and growing client relationships. As leader, Mr. Cassell is directly responsible for team assembly around the globe, creating and implementing overall strategic planning initiatives for education entities, as well as benchmarking key performance indicators (KPIs) for institutions. Key services performed by the Education Practice Group are demographic analysis, site selection and negotiations, construction management, operational efficiencies, property appraisal, and structured finance.

Acting as an operating partner with educational institutions, private equity investors, venture capitalists, financiers, and consultants, Mr. Cassell has gained an unparalleled understanding of trends within the education industry. He presents innovative ideas that allow clients to visualize the environment which will be most beneficial to an institution’s success.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Cassell served as Senior Vice President and Leader for the Education Practice Group at Grubb & Ellis Company from 2001 until 2011.

Awards & Associations

  • Board of Directors, SEAL-NSW Family Foundation
  • Board of Directors, World Sport Chicago
  • Active, Lone Survivor Foundation
  • Active, SEALkids
  • Active, Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Active, United States Olympic Committee