Julie Meier Wright is strategic advisor to Collaborative Economics, a nationally recognized
company that mobilizes "civic entrepreneurs" - individuals who combine the passion and persistence
of a business entrepreneur with the vision and commitment of a transformational civic leader. In
that role, she served as a co-producer of the history 2012 California Economic Summit and the
follow-on event in 2013. She also served on the Think Long Committee for California's Task Force on
Jobs, Infrastructure and the Workforce, and was an advisor on the Lt. Governor's report, An Economic
Growth & Competitiveness Agenda for California. She also currently serves as an advisor to the
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
In 2011 she retired as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Economic
Development Corporation,the premier business-development organization for the greater San Diego
region, involved in marketing, public policy, and direct assistance to companies.
Prior to EDC, Ms. Wright served as California's first Secretary of Trade and Commerce and a member
of Governor Pete Wilson's Cabinet from 1991 to 1997. She led the Administration's wide-ranging
business climate reforms and built a new Agency that expanded the state's international role and
presence, opening five new overseas offices. Prior to her time in Sacramento and San Diego, she
spent 25 years in executive marketing and public affairs positions in the private sector, including
14 years with TRW Inc., now a part of Northrop-Grumman.
In 2004, EDC received the Global Innovator award from CoreNet Global, the world's premier
association for corporate real estate and related professionals. In 2003, the U.S. Department of
Commerce awarded EDC its Excellence in Economic Development Award for "Enhancing Regional
From 2004 to 2006 Ms. Wright served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force on
Math-Science Education. In 2003, Ms. Wright served on gubernatorial candidate Arnold
Schwarzenegger's Economic Recovery Council.
Ms. Wright was named Director of the Year for Not-for-Profit Boards and Director of the Year for
Companies in Transition by the Corporate Directors Forum. In 2004, Ms. Wright was named one of the
"Women Who Move the City" by San Diego Magazine. In 2002, she received the "Women of Distinction"
award from Soroptimist International. In 2001, she received Junior Achievement's San Diego Hall of
Fame Lifetime Laureate Award and the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award. In
1998, she was one of San Diego Magazine's "50 People to Watch." Wright was named California Leader
of the Year by Leadership California in 1996 and the nation's Outstanding Secretary of Commerce by
the Biotechnology Industry Organization in 1995.
Ms. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland. She has
completed the Stanford University Advanced Management College, the Stanford Financial Seminar, and a
special program on competitiveness at Harvard University.