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James Wright named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / September 4, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

James Wright of Jamestown has been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. 

"We are pleased that James has come on board. His exceptional background and entrepreneurial experience and commitment to the Rhode Island community will enhance our ability to achieve even more around our strategic priorities of educational success, healthy lives and economic security," said Marie Langlois, chair of the Foundation.

As CEO of Bridge Technical Talent, Wright is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing operations for the North Kingstown-based IT staffing firm. 

“I’m honored to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 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. 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. l wholeheartedly believe in their work and welcome the opportunity to further my involvement with such an impressive organization," said Wright. 

Prior to co-founding Bridge in 2002, Wright spent 13 years in Silicon Valley where he was head of HR and Recruiting at ThinkLink, a communications and technology startup; 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; and at the committee level with the Newport Hospital Foundation and the Governor’s Digital Media Group. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Commodores.  

He serves on the Rhode Island Foundation’s Finance Committee and is a past chair of the Foundation’s Newport County Fund. He was formerly a member of the board of the Jamestown Historical Society.

Wright earned a B.A. at Vassar College, where he serves as an alumni interviewer; and a master's at San Francisco State University. He lives in Jamestown with his wife, daughter and twin boys.   

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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