Deborah C. Wright

Born: c. 1958, Bennettsville, South Carolina;

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: Chairman, CEO, President (retired);

Company: Carver Bancorp, Inc.;

Industry: Financial Services;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

Deborah C. Wright, is the former Chairman, CEO, President of Carver Bancorp, Inc., from 1999 - 2016. Carver Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, the largest black owned bank in the U.S. and possibly the first to reach $1 billion in assets.

Work Experience

  • Managing Director of U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity, Rockefeller Foundation, 2018 to 2020
  • Chairman, Carver Bancorp, Inc., 2005 to 2016
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Carver Bancorp, Inc. and Carver Federal Savings Bank, 1999 to 2014
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, a redevelopment fund, 1996 to 1999
  • Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 1994 to 1996

Board and Advisor Roles

  • Director of Citigroup since 2017
  • Board member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Member of the New York City Housing Authority Board, 1992 to 1994 and served on the New York City Planning Commission, 1990 to 1992
  • Board member of American Baptist Churches In The U.S.A.
  • Board member of Kraft Foods Inc., 
  • Board member of Time Warner Inc., 
  • Board member of the Children's Defense Fund
  • Board member of the Partnership for New York City


  • The American Banker, named Ms. Wright “Community Banker of the Year” in December of 2003


  • Bachelor's and Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Harvard University.
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