Deborah C. Wright was a Senior Fellow in the Economic Opportunity and Assets Division at the Ford Foundation.
Wright was Chairman of the Board of Carver Bancorp, Inc. where she served as Chairman, CEO and President. Carver Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered savings bank and the nation’s largest publicly traded African- and Caribbean- American operated bank with approximately $700 million in assets.
Wright was previously President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, which created the growth and investment strategy that seeded the redevelopment of Harlem. Wright was named “Community Banker of the Year” by The American Banker, the financial industry’s daily newspaper and U.S. Banker named Wright one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking”.
Wright holds a Bachelor’s degree, an MBA and a Juris Doctor from Harvard University.