Bruce Wright

Associate Vice President For University Research Parks (Ret.),
Tech Parks Arizona

Now retired, Bruce served as Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona through 2018, responsible for the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges. He is founder and president of the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI), a technology business incubator and innovation center.

Wright has more than 25 years of experience in the field of economic development. In 2001, he was named Arizona’s Economic Developer of the Year by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).

Wright is a graduate of Willamette University where he earned his B.A. with distinction in political science. He attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. He also participated in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Wright’s research interests include regional economic development, international trade and business development, and technology development and commercialization. He is an adjunct instructor in the UA School of Geography and Development.

Wright has served in several different capacities during his twenty seven years at the University of Arizona, including Director of the Office of Community and Public Service, Assistant to the President, Senior Officer for Community Affairs and Economic Development, and Associate Vice President for Economic Development.

Wright has worked for many years on developing cross-border trade between Arizona and Mexico. He helped to develop a bi-national regional economic development plan for several governors of Arizona and Sonora. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and is a member of the Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.

Wright has been active in numerous community organizations. He is a past chair of the Southern Arizona Chapter (Tucson) of the American Red Cross and past board member of Information and Referral Service. He also served on the Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board. He is a member of the DM 50 and honorary commander with the 355th Operation Support Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

Wright is co-founder of three high technology start-up companies, Arizona Microsystems and Focal Point Microsystems, both of which were sold to the 3M Corporation and Lumoflex, a company based in Atlanta, Georgia.