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Ursula Wright

Managing Director

Ursula Wright is a co-leader of FSG’s Education & Youth practice, where she brings approximately 20 years of tri-sector experience to our work. Ursula joined FSG in late 2016 as a member of the leadership team. She is responsible for ensuring outcomes-focused client solutions, staff development, and organizational growth. To date, Ursula’s engagement portfolio has consisted of strategy and collective impact projects for community foundations, museums, national 501(c)3 organizations, and private philanthropy. She’s contributed to field-building activities and work products in the areas of early care and education, place-based strategy, workforce development, civil rights, and collaborative systems change. 

Before FSG

Ursula joins FSG from the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, where her portfolio consisted of personalized learning, the Charter Schools Program, and place-based initiatives. In that role, she led many of the Department’s place-based efforts, including the Promise Zones initiative, a cross-sector effort that aims to revitalize distressed communities across the country. Ursula also served as lead advisor on the Race to the Top—District program, a personalized learning initiative impacting 440,000 students and more than 30,000 educators. Prior to her appointment to the Department, Ursula worked as an executive at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she played a principal role in growing the organization from a start-up to a nationally recognized institution, and for various private sector companies. Ursula started her career in the financial services and B2B industries. 

Education

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA—Evanston, IL
  • Spelman College, BA, cum laude—Atlanta, GA

Affiliations

  • Youn Impact Scholar, Kellogg School of Management
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Alumni Committee
  • Achievement Preparatory Academy, Founding Trustee
  • Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) of Montgomery County, MD
  • Education Writers Association, Subject Matter Expert

On working at FSG

“FSG’s cross-sector orientation generates the types of comprehensive solutions that clients deserve. To reimagine social change, issues must be addressed systemically—taking programs, people, and policy into account. FSG’s commitment to systemically addressing client need(s) through meaningful cross-sector approaches is unparalleled.”