Roger Wright grew up in the suburbs of Boston and attended college at Tufts University just outside Boston in Medford, MA. During these years his favorite park to visit was Fenway Park, watching the Red Sox play baseball. It was not until his mid-twenties when, after completing his tour of duty as an officer in the USCG and receiving his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from NYU, Roger began his true park experiences by embarking on a 10 week, 6,000-mile camping adventure. Starting in NYC his trip took him north to Montreal and then, following the trans-Canadian highway, west to Vancouver, BC. Along the way, there were many adventures at both Provincial and Canadian National Parks. Upon reaching the Pacific Ocean he traveled south, mostly on Route 101, to San Diego, CA. This part of the adventure was filled with hiking and camping experiences at many of the iconic National and State Parks in Washington, Oregon, and California. By the end of the trip, he was hooked for life on spending time in America’s awesome parks.
After several years as an urban planner in San Diego County, CA, and Montgomery County, MD, Roger joined the private sector focusing his career in commercial retail development. Over the next 35 years, he has led the retail and development organizations of four different retail companies (Hechinger, Genuardi’s, Giant and Total Wine) as well as being a partner in a local DC Commercial Development firm (Faison). His executive responsibilities have included managing professional teams regarding strategic planning, real estate deal negotiation, project design, securing state and local project entitlements, construction, property management, and facilities management.
“Enjoying the outdoors is a priority for me and my family. I am proud to have been associated with the National Park Trust going back to 2005. It has allowed me to share the excitement I find in the outdoors by helping to preserve wonderful parklands but also by providing park experiences to students from under-served communities.”