Deborah C. Wright is Chairman & CEO of Carver Bancorp, Inc., 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. The American Banker, the financial industry’s daily newspaper, named Ms. Wright “Community Banker of the Year” in December of 2003 and US Banker named Ms. Wright one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in October of 2010.
Ms. Wright was previously President & CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation from May 1996 until June of 1999 where she successfully led start up of the nation’s largest Empowerment Zone. Prior to this post, Ms. Wright served as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and led the City’s redesign of housing and tax foreclosure policies. Before her time with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Mayor David Dinkins appointed Ms. Wright to the New York City Housing Authority Board, which then managed 189,000 public housing units. She served as a member of the City Planning Commission, and simultaneously taught “National Housing Policy” at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.
Before her government tenure, Ms. Wright worked at the New York City Housing Partnership, first as Director of Marketing for Towers on the Park in Harlem, and subsequently Executive Director of the Community Partnership Development Corporation. She began her professional career as an Associate in First Boston’s Corporate Finance Group.
Ms. Wright currently serves on the boards of Time Warner (including chairmanship of the Audit and Finance Committee), The Partnership for New York City and Sesame Workshop. She is a member of the Board of Managers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (including chairmanship of the Audit Committee). She was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission. She earned A.B. (1979), J.D. (1984) and M.B.A. (1984) degrees from Harvard University.
Ms. Wright was reared in Bennettsville, South Carolina and Dallas, Texas.