Maurice Williams

Vice President of Economic Development

(312) 788-2490


Maurice joins CCLF as Vice President of Economic Development with over 27 years of experience in community economic development and consulting.  He has provided leadership in a variety of community development initiatives, strategic financial management activities, and business development projects that required active community outreach and on-going public participation.

Maurice has vast experience in the fields of business administration, planning and development, personnel management, financial management, capital fundraising, public relations and business and strategic planning.  He has planned and developed over $125 MM and 500,000 square feet of big box and commercial retail in Chicagoland including a Walmart Supercenter, Method Soap Plant, Ross Dress for Less and Planet Fitness (Pullman), Meijer Supercenter (Flossmoor), and has completed more than 220 projects ranging from affordable housing to brownfield redevelopment to hospitals and institutional facilities.

Maurice developed the comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of Michigan Avenue, served as chairman of the Roseland Redevelopment Planning Board coordinated and managed the first community loan production office of the First National Bank of Evergreen Park and the Old Kent Bank (acquired by Fifth-Third Bank).  For several years, Maurice served as an adjunct professor at Trinity Christian College and was an instructor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) teaching in the Urban Developers Program and the Certificate of Non-Profit Management Program.  He currently instructs in the Chicago Rehab Network’s Housing Development Training Institute.  Maurice is an astute business manager and critical thinker with an outstanding ability to build dynamic teams and generate strong sustainable results.

He has served as a director and advisor on many non-profit boards.  Maurice holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management – Chicago, IL. and a B.A. in Business/Sociology from Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI.