Terri D. Wright
Terri D. Wright, PhD, MPH, 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, Terri served as the director of both the Center for Public Health Policy and the Center for School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association (APHA). She provided leadership to the public health policy agenda as it pertained to health equity, environmental health, and the built environment and 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, Terri served as a program director for health policy for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan 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, Terri 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.
Terri holds a master’s and a doctorate degree from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in community and school health from the City University of New York. She is an active member of APHA and a former member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband.