C. Jeffrey Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Urban Ministries, Inc.
Carl Jeffrey Wright is chief executive officer of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), the largest independent African American religious media firm. UMI has been the leader in independent (nondenominationally affiliated) African American Christian media content for over 40 years. The magazines, books, Sunday school and vacation Bible school curriculum, videos, DVDs, music, and crafts produced by UMI have been used in over 40,000 African American churches. The company's unique Christian education curriculum, which is specifically contextualized for the African American audience, is used in over 10,000 churches weekly for Bible study. UMI publishes resources on an exclusive or semi-exclusive basis for over a dozen denominations.
Jeff Wright spent over 15 years in the Fortune 50 companies Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where his last position was vice president for corporate development for its consumer businesses. Jeff has been a licensed minister in the Baptist church since 1988.
A lawyer, Jeff is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the Pennsylvania bar and the US Supreme Court bar. He has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Fisk University. He completed additional study in the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers and the Wharton School in business development, and he taught jurisprudence and ethics at the graduate level in Indiana at the University of Evansville for four years. He has also done postgraduate work in religious studies and church administration at Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana. He is the author of the book and curriculum God's Vision or Television? How Television Influences What We Believe and a contributing author to the book Nonprofit Leadership in a For Profit World.
Jeff serves on the boards of several organizations and is the board chairman of Circle Y Ranch, Bangor, Michigan, one of the few African American owned and operated Christian camps in the country. Jeff has four children and is married to Lakita Garth, the noted social commentator, media consultant, and professional entertainer.