Wright Resigning From San Diego Regional EDC
Julie Meier Wright, the longtime president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., said today she plans to retire June 30, although she will continue after that as a consultant for the rest of 2011. The EDC’s board plans to conduct a national search for a new CEO. After joining the EDC more than 13 years ago, Wright transformed the business development organization, which was dependent on a single public contract, to a private-sector driven organization supported by more than 150 San Diego area companies as well as nine municipalities, the County of San Diego, and other public agencies. Before joining the EDC in 1997, Wright served in the administration of Republican Gov. Pete Wilson as California’s first Secretary of Trade and Commerce and was a Wilson Cabinet member from 1991 to 1997. Before that, she spent 25 years in executive marketing and public affairs, including 14 years with TRW, now part of Northrop-Grumman.