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Sheena Wright Esq. is the new President and CEO of United Way of New York City. Wright has served as the President and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) since 2002 and is a former Board member of United Way of NYC. A lawyer by training, Ms. Wright will be the first woman to lead United Way of NYC in its 75-year history. Dedicated to serving her community in order to create positive changes for future generations, Wright worked with Abyssinian Development Corp. to improve social services, affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for Harlem residents, at the same time, enhanced the educational prospects for the community’s youth.
Under her leadership, ADC completed the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change’s permanent site, a state-of-the- art facility and the first high school built in Harlem in more than 50 years. Wright also initiated and oversees a Displacement Prevention campaign to keep low- and moderate-income families in Harlem.
A native New Yorker and longtime Harlem resident, Wright began her career as an editorial assistant at The New York Times. She was general counsel and executive vice president of business development for Crave Technologies, a minority-owned software company, and a corporate associate at the law firms Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol. A graduate of Columbia College, she received a law degree from Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and volunteers with Housing First!, Citizens Union and Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Committee; and was a volunteer teacher in B’langdalalu, Tanzania, with Opera4ons Crossroads Africa.