About

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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.

Her firm is responsible for securing both public and private sector financing for over 500 units of affordable housing representing more than $62 million for single family and multi-family housing development projects. In addition, Ms. Prim has secured more than $45 million in financing for commercial real estate and small businesses.

Prim Lawrence Group's client list includes: CHAC, Inc., Chicago Rehab Network, Cook County Department of Planning & Development, LaCasa Note, The Neighborhood Institute, Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), LISC Chicago, MacArthur Foundation, Sarah’s Circle, Sedaka International on behalf of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uptown Habitat for Humanity, WHEDA and Women’s Business Development Center to name a few.


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 certification in real estate finance, construction management, multi-family loan packaging, nonprofit management, community development law and accounting.