Carlecia D. Wright: A Leader Helping Small Businesses Succeed


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Carlecia D. Wright, Director for the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity

Carlecia D. Wright is the Director for the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity. In April 2011, Ms. Wright was appointed by Mayor Parker to ensure that the City’s small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises have meaningful participation in the city’s procurement process.  In this role, she has led the city’s supplier diversity and small business programs; helping facilitate historical accomplishments, including the award of over $1 billion to small, minority and women-owned businesses under the administration of Mayor Annise D. Parker.

She has also launched and implemented innovative business development policies and initiatives such as Hire Houston First, the largest local preference program in the State of Texas, and TweetMyJobs Houston!, an online job platform that has connected more than 20,000 individuals to more than 100,000 jobs in Houston.

Carlecia D. Wright with MR. D-MARS, as co-chair of the 2016 Subcontractors USA Top 25 Prime & Subcontractors Awards Luncheon.

Prior to coming to Houston, Carlecia worked in New York City government where she led various policy, strategic planning and communications initiatives for the City of New York’s Departments of Small Business Services and Housing Preservation and Development. While in New York, she was recognized as an aspiring and emerging leader for the work she had done in city government. Carlecia is a Change Agent and Strategic Planner as well as an avid advocate for economic development policies. Carlecia’s tenure in public service began in 1999, since then she has held various positions in government and non-profit organizations with increasing responsibilities.  In 2008, Carlecia was a recipient of the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize, which honors aspiring and emerging leaders in NYC Government.  Carlecia as 2014 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston honoree.  She has also served as co-chair of the 2016 Subcontractors USA Top 25 Prime & Subcontractors Awards Luncheon, an event recognizing those meeting and exceeding minority participation goals.

Carlecia D. Wright receiving her 2014 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Award.

In 2013, Carlecia was honored by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s 40 Under 40  professionals. Her leadership has also brought national recognition to the City of Houston for their diversity programs. She involves herself in the Houston community by volunteering for several arts and educational organizations. She serves on various chambers of commerce boards, and the University of Houston’s College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council. She is a proud graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future and Leadership Houston.

Carlecia has a Bachelors degree from Columbia College of Chicago and a Masters degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She is also a graduate of the City of New York’s Leadership Institute.

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