Tom Wright is president of Regional Plan Association (RPA). He has steered many of the organization’s key initiatives, including the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996).
Mr. Wright oversees the day-to-day operations of RPA and coordinates activities with the Board of Directors. Prior to becoming president on Jan. 1, 2015, he was RPA’s executive director.
Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (2001). From 1991 to 1993, he was coordinator of the award-winning Mayors’ Institute on City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Wright lectures widely on growth management and regional planning. He is a visiting lecturer in public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Mr. Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Princeton and Places Journal, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York. He resides in Princeton, N.J., with his wife, Cameron Manning, and three daughters.