See How This Financial Maverick is Helping Black Businesses Grow in Houston

Carlecia Wright

Carlecia Wright (Image: Carlecia Wright)

At a gathering of the nation’s leading black executives and entrepreneurs, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner characterized Carlecia Wright as a “financial maverick.”

In her role as director of the Office of Business Opportunity, Wright helps foster a more competitive, inclusive commercial ecosystem by giving minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) greater access to the government procurement process. As such, her agency engages in activities ranging from certification and one-on-one coaching to developing networking forums and business plan competitions.

Wright, who has managed the agency since 2011 after being recruited from a position running New York City’s MWBE program, urgently drives her team to meet the mayor’s vision of full participation in the business mainstream.

She shares that Turner’s experience operating his own law practice has shaped this thrust. “I think what he brings to the table is his understanding of the challenges, barriers, opportunities, and expectations that come with being a black person,” she maintains, “but he understands the skill set, integrity, capacity, as well as intellect and rigor that comes with a black business owner.”

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