Rick Wright served as Associate State Treasurer (1990-1993) and Chief of Staff (1993-1994) during the administration of Governor Jim Florio. He later worked in Governor Jon Corzine’s Office of Economic Growth advising on energy matters, coordinating the development of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan and negotiating utility mergers. Before coming to Trenton, Wright had been Director of Development of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, Washington Director of Amnesty International, and staff to the White House Energy Task Force that created the United States Department of Energy,where he later served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. Between public service stints he worked in the private sector, helping found several companies in New Jersey and overseas. His business interests focused on land development, solar energy and energy efficiency. His varied career has also included serving National Finance Chairman and National Campaign Manager for Bill Bradley’s Presidential campaign in 2000 and operating the LaFollette Vineyard and Winery in Belle Mead, NJ.
Interview on May 15, 2014 – Transcript available here (pdf)