Mr. Wright was born in Arkansas and raised in Washington, DC where he attended Payne Elementary, Hine Junior High, and Eastern Senior High School. He was a member of the first graduating class of Federal City College, now the University of the District of Columbia. He served four years in the US Air Force as a nuclear weapons security specialist. His first civilian job following military service was Library Page with the DC Public Library.
Mr. Wright joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1965 and served for 33 years in increasingly responsible positions. Among other duties, he conducted and managed EEO and sexual harassment investigations; edited and supervised numerous management studies leading to significant operational improvements; participated in corporate planning; and managed a number of large information management offices handling sensitive national security information. Mr. Wright was selected to attend the US Naval War College.
In 1990, Mr. Wright was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service, and for the next eight years served in the CIA Office of Inspector General where he investigated fraud, waste and abuse; participated in Congressionally-directed investigations of national importance; and conducted performance inspections of CIA offices and operations both here and abroad. Mr. Wright's final position at CIA was Associate Deputy Inspector General for Grievance Resolution, in which he managed the CIA Grievance System. His wife Aretha is a CIA retiree, and they have three grown children; Darryl, Donna, and Devonne, and seven grandchildren. Mr. Wright became Assistant Inspector General for Inspections and Evaluations in May 1999.