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Brenda Wright

Senior Vice President
Regional Director
Community Development
Wells Fargo & Company

Brenda Wright is Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Community Development for the San Francisco Bay Region. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with key community organizations as well as initiates Wells Fargo’s support of economic development in the areas of housing, job creation and small business.
A native of Missouri and a 23-year veteran with the company, she has held the following positions.

Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Premier Banking: Responsible for developing and maintaining strategic marketing programs to acquire and retain high value clients for the San Francisco Bay Region.

Division Manager, Premier Banking: Managed 81 portfolio managers, with 30 thousand clients and $4.5 billion in deposits and investments, within Northern California. Market Area Manager: Responsible for 30 Managers, who managed traditional branches within the city of San Francisco Branch Manager: Managed branches with assets ranging from $65 to $300 million dollars.

Brenda is an active leader and founding member on many community-based organizations and committees throughout the Bay Area including the San Francisco Employee’s Retirement System, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Asian Inc, and the Immediate Past President of the Oakland/Bay Area Chapter of 100 Black Women among many others.

In recognition for her commitment to community service, she received The Woman of the Year Award for 2007 given by the State of California Senator Carole Migden, she’s been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for the Fifth consecutive year. Received the “Distinguished Corporate Service Award” from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Joyce Johnson Community Service Award from the National Association of Securities Professionals and recognized by CityFlight News Magazine as one of “The 10 Most Influential African-Americans in the Bay Area”. In 2004. Wells Fargo’s team members Resource Group CheckPoint recognized her in 2004 by bestowing upon her the Pioneer Award, in recognition of her support of diversity and her commitment to the community. On that day, Mayor Gavin Newson declared June 17, 2004 as Brenda Wright day in San Francisco.


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