Deborah C. Wright is a board member of Citigroup Inc. (including membership of the Audit, Consumer Compliance and Ethics and Culture Committees), Time Warner Inc. (including chairmanship of the Audit and Finance Committee), and Voya Financial (including chairmanship of the Finance Committee). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (including chairmanship of the Audit Committee).
Ms. Wright was previously Chairman of the Board of Carver Bancorp, Inc. until December 31, 2016, where she served as chairman and CEO from February 2005 to December 2014 and president and CEO from June 1, 1999. 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 and branches serving inner city neighborhoods in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens. Black Enterprise magazine named Carver "Financial Services Company of the Year" in 2006. American Banker, the financial industry's daily newspaper, named Ms. Wright "Community Banker of the Year" in December 2003 and U.S. Banker magazine named Ms. Wright one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in October 2010.
Ms. Wright was a senior fellow in the Economic Opportunity and Assets Division at the Ford Foundation from January 2015 to June 2016. Established in 1936, the foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.
Ms. Wright served as president and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation from May 1996 until June 1999, which created the growth and investment strategy that seeded redevelopment of Harlem. She was Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani from January 1994 through March 1996. In 1990, Mayor David N. Dinkins appointed Ms. Wright to the New York City Planning Commission, which oversees planning and development citywide, and to the New York City Housing Authority Board in 1992, which managed New York City's 189,000 public housing units.
Ms. Wright's previous board memberships include the Children's Defense Fund, Harvard Board of Overseers, Kraft Foods Inc., the Partnership for New York City, and Sesame Workshop. She was a founding member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, charged with rebuilding lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
Ms. Wright earned AB (1979), JD (1984) and MBA (1984) degrees from Harvard University.