Jim Capraro: "a young person's passion, with a seasoned leader's authority."
quote from the National Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Mike Sviridoff Leadership Award presentation

Jim Capraro brings 35 years of community organizing and development experience to his work.  In the early 1970's he worked as a community organizer pursuing the passage of the Federal Home Mortgage Disclosure, and Community Reinvestment Acts.

Principal - Capraro Consulting:
Neighborhoods, governments and philanthropies have engaged Jim. The subject matter has been wide and varied, ranging from: "comprehensive" community development, strategic planning, community organizing, collaboration/partnership, & non-profit management.  Currently, Jim has been deployed by National LISC and several local LISC sites to assist in the roll out of its signature “Sustainable Communities” comprehensive community development approach.

CEO - Greater Southwest Development Corporation:
Jim Capraro assumed his position as the founding Executive Director of the Greater Southwest Development Corp. (GSDC) in January of 1976, and continues as its Chief Executive Officer today. GSDC has been designated by the National Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation as a national "model" for commercial revitalization & also selected by the Chicago Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as the recipient of the “Outstanding Community Development Organization” award.

GSDC has achieved over $500 million in community development projects and created or retained over 6,000 jobs in its Southwest Chicago neighborhood, over the past 30 years. GSDC’s development projects range from small business to the creation of elderly housing, the siting major retailers, and the $300 million expansion of the worlds largest bakery, Nabisco.


Capraro Consulting Services
728 West Jackson Boulevard, #101
Chicago, IL 60661-5400



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