Director Bio


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Cliff Wright Jr.

Cliff Wright, Jr. is a Leader, Non-Traditional Educator, Mentor, and Public Speaker. He is devoting his life to growing and empowering young leaders for Christ. Mr. Wright obtained his undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University, and successfully completed his Fellowship with the New York City Leadership Academy in Educational Leadership. Currently, Mr. Wright is the Director of the Golden Gate Academy Project, leading efforts to revitalize the campus, provide much-needed community supports to Oakland and surrounding areas, and reopen Golden Gate Academy.

Additionally, Mr. Wright is a nationally certified, Olweus (Ol-Veh-us) Anti-Bullying Trainer through Clemson University, a certified level one Mediator through La Sierra, University, and a former President of the Adventist Student Personnel Association dedicated to the professional development of college and academy Deans, Student Life, Guidance Counselors, and Academy Ministry professionals.  Most Recently, Mr. Wright completed the Principals and Techniques of Fundraising training from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the PENN GSE Education Entrepreneurship Program.

Mr. Wright has over 20 years’ combined experience in organization management, "Facilitated Mentorship" and education. Mr. Wright has devoted his entire educational career to Adventist Education. He has served at several capacities from elementary, secondary, higher learning, conference administration and consulting.

If you talk to him, he will tell you, “Mentoring is all I do!” This is because Mr. Wright believes that true mentorship is discipleship and discipleship is the education of life. Mr. Wright is supported by his wife, Lissette, and three wonderful daughters Courtney, Liliana, and Leilani.