Koya partnered with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation on its Vice President, Program and Community search. Established in 1944, the Meyer Foundation is one of the Washington Area’s oldest largest locally-focused philanthropies.
Our work with the Foundation resulted in the placement of Dr. Terri Wright.
Dr. Wright has employed her extensive leadership skills and expertise advancing equity and public health through policy, practice, and management in local and national government, philanthropic and non-profit organizations throughout her career. Most recently, she was the first Executive Director of The Steve Fund charged with advancing the mental health and emotional well-being of college and university students of color.
Prior to taking the helm at The Steve Fund Dr. Wright served as the Director of the Centers for Public Health Policy and School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association. She provided leadership to the public health policy agenda as it pertained to health equity, environmental health and the built environment and the strategic advancement and integration of public health and primary care to advance on-time graduation among youth in disadvantaged communities.
Before she joined APHA in 2010, Dr. Wright served as a program director for health policy for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI for 12 years. In that capacity she developed and reviewed the Foundation’s health programming priorities and initiatives, evaluated and recommended proposals for funding, and administered projects and initiatives. She assisted in public policy funding and related policy program development, as well as provided leadership to the Foundation’s policy programming for systemic change.
Previously, Dr. Wright was Maternal and Child Health Director and Bureau Chief for Child and Family Services at the Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing, Michigan. In that role, she managed policy, programs and resources with the goal of reducing preventable maternal, infant, and child morbidity and mortality through policy and programming in Michigan.
Dr. Wright is an active member of the American Public Health Association and former member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities.
Dr. Wright received her BS degree in community and school health and New York State certification in secondary school education from the City University of New York. She earned her MPH and PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is a proud Wolverine.