Lawrence D. Wilder, Jr.
Mr. Wilder has over 20 years experience in designing, developing and implementing community development models. Mr. Wilder most recently served as a consultant with Unisphere Development Strategies, which focused on creating innovative business and investment strategies that fostered economic opportunity in low-income communities.
Immediately prior to Unisphere, Mr. Wilder served as Strategic Markets Director in the Los Angeles office for Urban America, an investment advisor and asset manager specializing in the urban real estate investment niche. Mr. Wilder’s duties included developing strategic partners, forging public/private partnerships and securing project funding. In addition, he served as political liaison and worked on special projects for the President/CEO. Mr. Wilder also served as an advisor with Pacific Community Ventures, a San Francisco-based non-profit that develops and invests in businesses in low-income communities throughout California.
Mr. Wilder began his legal career at Wilder & Gregory in Richmond, Virginia. During 14 years practicing law Mr. Wilder served as counsel to state and local governmental entities. Subsequent to his law practice, Mr. Wilder held a variety of finance-related positions with public and private sector entities, including the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, Jackson Securities, and The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.
Mr. Wilder earned both his BA (Economics) and JD degrees from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Wilder served in the Virginia General Assembly House of Delegates from 1992-1994.