Mayor's Office

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Mayor Parker Picks Director for New Office of Business Opportunities



April 18, 2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker today named Carlecia Wright as her choice to lead the City’s new Office of Business Opportunities (OBO).


“Ms. Wright is an enthusiastic and proactive leader with the energy and experience needed to build opportunities for minority and women-owned small business enterprises (MWBE) in Houston,” said Mayor Parker.  “For too long, the city’s efforts in this area have been driven by bureaucracy.  As we have been doing with many other City departments, I want to achieve a paradigm shift – a new energy and respect for this program.  I want a department that understands the difficulties these businesses face and is willing to help them.”


Wright was selected after a nationwide search.  She comes to Houston from New York where she has been serving the dual positions of executive director of certification and recruitment and executive director of policy, planning and operations for the city’s women-owned business enterprise program.  Her broad experience also includes work for New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a nonprofit economic development organization charged with promoting and coordinating redevelopment of downtown Brooklyn.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.


“I am so excited about the opportunity Mayor Parker has given me,” said Ms. Wright.  “I know she has a goal for reforming this operation and I am more than ready to get the job done.”


The OBO replaces the former Department of Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance.  Since the program’s inception, more than $4.1 billion has been awarded to MWBE firms.  Mayor Parker intends to announce more details of her plans for OBO once Ms. Wright has had time to settle into her new position.


Wright, 33, is married and has one child.