Richard L. Wright has held a number of government positions at both the national and state level and was also active in a number of political campaigns. His business interests focused on solar energy, energy efficiency, and rural land development. Mr. Wright served in Governor Jon Corzine’s administration, where he was part of the Office of Economic Growth and worked with a team to coordinate the drafting of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan. Previously he worked in Treasury and oversaw all major economic development projects undertaken in the state during the Florio administration. He kept this portfolio when he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor. During President Bill Clinton’s administration, Wright served consecutive terms on the National Advisory Council of the United States Small Business Administration. He worked on the White House energy task force of President Jimmy Carter and was a senior advisor in the United States Department of Energy where he served as Assistant to the Secretary and Director of Congressional Affairs. Prior to working in government, Wright was Executive Director of Amnesty International in Washington, D.C. and served on the board of The Union of Concerned Scientists.
Through the decades he has been a member of a number of non profit boards at the local and state level. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). At Princeton, "Rick" Wright was a basketball teammate of All-American Bill Bradley. He served as National Finance Chairman and Campaign Manager of Bradley’s 2000 campaign for President. He has been a member of the Board of the Fund for New Jersey since 1996.