Ruby BrightBoard Member

    Bright recently retired from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis as its President and CEO after serving over 22 years of leadership. During her tenure, the Women’s Foundation invested over $35 million to 560 programs involving more than 182 local nonprofits. She also guided the organization’s effort to distribute $12 million in funds to support local organizations across the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bright has served as a local and national champion in philanthropy, widely recognized for her expertise in strategic leadership, community relations, operational management, marketing, and fund development.

    Bright currently serves on the board of ThinkTennessee, as the honorary co-chair of the Ida B. Wells Memorial Committee in Memphis, and as an honorary co-chair for the Racial and Equity taskforce of Momentum Nonprofit Partners.

    Bright’s accolades include the 2015 Super Women in Business Award, the 2017 Girl Scouts One Smart Cookie Award, 2017 Memphis Heritage Trail Trailblazers Award, Memphis Business Journal 100 Most Influential Memphians, 2021 Memphis Power Player, the Ms. Foundation 2022 Woman of Vision Award, and 2022 Memphis Business Journal Power 100. She has also received honors from the Memphis Urban League and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. In 2023 she received the Shelby County Tennessee Alumnae Chapter Community Pioneer Economic Development Award.

    Bright is married and has two children and four beautiful granddaughters.

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