Iranetta Wright is deputy superintendent of schools for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). The district is the largest in Michigan with approximately 50,000 students and 7,200 employees. As deputy superintendent, Wright leads turnaround initiatives for the lowest-performing schools and oversees the district’s leadership academies for aspiring principals and assistant principals.

Before joining DPSCD, Wright spent 25 years working in Duval County Public Schools in Florida. As chief of schools for the district, Wright increased the percentage of campuses receiving an A or B grade from the state. She also served as assistant superintendent. In that role, Wright led the Duval Transformation Office to significantly improve student performance across many of the district’s lowest-performing schools. Her tenure also included roles as principal, assistant principal, and teacher.

Wright was recognized by City Year as a Champion of Education, by the United Negro College Fund as an Innovator in Education, and by the Michigan Chronicle as a Woman of Excellence. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from the University of North Florida.