Deborah C. Wright is Chairman and CEO of Carver Bancorp, the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank. This is the U.S.'s largest publicly traded African-American operated bank, with locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Wright was named to this position in 1999 and was honored as "Community Banker of the Year" in 2003 by The American Banker, the financial industry's daily newspaper. She is also a member of the board of directors of Time Warner and Kraft Foods.
Wright was President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone from 1996 to 1999. From 1994 to 1996 she pursued a policy of returning New York City residential properties to local control as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Previously, Wright was a member of the New York City Housing Authority Board, appointed by mayor David Dinkins, who also named her to the City Planning Commission. She began her career at First Boston's corporate finance group.
Beyond her business career Wright is a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is also involved in missionary activities of the American Baptist Churches. Wright earned her bachelor's, MBA and law degrees from Harvard.
- Article on Deborah Wright's appointment at Carver Bankcorp
- Kraft Foods biography of Deborah Wright
- Time Warner biography of Deborah Wright (with photograph)
- Personal reminiscence by Deborah Wright about leaving First Boston
- Black Entrepreneur Profile of Deborah Wright
- Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone