A native New Englander, Roger Wright grew up outside of Boston and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. After completing three years of active duty service with the United States Coast Guard he received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. His early career included working in local government first as a Park Planner and an Urban Planner for San Diego County, CA and later as a Planner for Montgomery County, MD.
While he found much of the public sector work rewarding, Roger made a choice to try his hand in the private sector in commercial retail development. Over the next 35 years, he has been fortunate to lead real estate and develop organizations in a number of well-known mid-Atlantic retail companies including the Hechinger Company, Genuardi’s Family Markets, Giant Food and Total Wine & More. Much of his focus was helping to create and implement strategic growth plans for these organizations which resulted in the development of hundreds of retail outlets. In addition to this retail experience, Roger also spent 5 years as Director of Development for a private shopping center developer completing in excess of 2 million square feet of development in suburban Washington, DC.
Roger and his wife, Marie have lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 39 years. Helping to raise their two children, Roger was very active in coaching and, as a family, we enjoyed hiking and camping in both local parks and across the Country in our National Park System. Marie and Roger now divide their time between Northern Virginia and Cape Cod, MA when we are not visiting their daughter in Chicago or his son and daughter in law New York City. Given the enjoyment that he find in the outdoors his previous experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust was both exciting and satisfying.
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