2018-09-13 / News

Rhode Island Foundation tabs islander for its board


WRIGHT WRIGHT A Meadow Lane man has been named to the board of directors of the state’s largest contributor to nonprofit organizations.

James Wright was appointed last week to the board of the Rhode Island Foundation, which awarded $43 million in grants last year. That included money through the Jamestown Community Fund and Jamestown Fund for the Performing Arts.

“His exceptional background and entrepreneurial experience and commitment to the Rhode Island community will enhance our ability to achieve even more,” said Marie Langlois, chairwoman of the foundation.

The foundation’s priorities, she added, are educational success, healthy lives and economic security.

As chief executive of Bridge Technical Talent, Wright is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing operations for the North Kingstown technology firm. Wright said he is honored to join the board.

“The outstanding leadership and staff at the foundation are tireless advocates in their mission to advance philanthropy and improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders,” he said. “The foundation has a well-earned leadership position in the state, and with their unique ability to engage donors, grantees, partners and all others interested in strengthening our communities. They are a powerful force for creating enduring positive change.”

Prior to cofounding

Bridge in 2002, Wright spent 13 years in Silicon Valley, where he was head of human resources and recruiting at ThinkLink, a communications startup. He also co-founded Encore Technical Staffing and worked in senior roles at Advanced Technology Staffing.

Wright serves on the board of BankNewport, where he chairs the risk management committee. He also sits at the committee level with the Newport Hospital Foundation and the governor’s Digital Media Group. He is a member of the Rhode Island Commodores.

Wright has served on the Rhode Island Foundation’s finance committee and is a past chair of the foundation’s Newport County Fund. He formerly was a member of the board of the Jamestown Historical Society.

Wright earned his bachelor’s degree at Vassar College, where he serves as an alumni interviewer. He earned his master’s degree at San Francisco State University.

He lives in Jamestown with his wife, daughter and twin boys.

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