Co-Founder, Prim Lawrence Group
Teresa Rufaro Prim is the co-founder of Prim Lawrence Group, a community economic development and real estate development consulting firm. Ms. Prim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm with more than 30 years of experience in affordable housing development, business development, consumer and worker-owned cooperatives, organizational management and program design. She has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous community development initiatives in the Chicagoland area. Her firm is responsible for securing both public and private sector financing for over 500 units of affordable housing representing more than 150 million dollars and 150 million dollars in financing for commercial real estate and small businesses.
Ms. Prim holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters of Science degree in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College. Ms. Prim has completed additional training and/or certification in real estate finance, construction management, multi-family loan packaging, nonprofit management, community development law and accounting.
Ms. Prim is a current board member of the Greater Chatham Initiative and Institute of Positive Education (IPE). She formerly served as a board member to the Chicago Community Loan Fund, Community Workshop on Economic Development (CWED), Itongo Natural Foods Cooperative, Cream City Federal Community Development Credit Union and the Midwest Women’s Center.