Kerri Wright, the New Jersey School Boards Association’s 2021-2022 Board Member of the Year, is featured on the latest episode of “Education Matters,” the popular video series hosted by Ray Pinney, director of county activities and member engagement at NJSBA.

Wright is a longtime member of the Chester Board of Education, a K-8 district, and is also a principal lawyer at Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C., where she focuses primarily on the areas of education law and employment law

When Wright was given the award, NJSBA President Irene LeFebvre (last year’s Board Member of the Year) and Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod issued a joint statement, recognizing Wright’s impressive record of service.

“Kerri Wright has dedicated her adult life to helping school boards make thoughtful decisions that promote student learning,” they said.  “As a board member and lawyer, she has been at the forefront of promoting effective school governance. Her contributions to the Chester Board of Education can best be described as simply amazing. We congratulate her on this honor!”

During the interview, Wright and Pinney chat about a wide range of topics, including what led Wright to seek a seat on the board, which she has served on since 2007; her advice for those considering running for a local board of education, as well as how serving on the Chester board has helped her in her role as a lawyer.

All eligible nominations for the annual New Jersey School Boards Association Board Member of the Year Award are forwarded to another state school boards association to ensure complete objectivity. The nominations were reviewed, Wright was selected, and the organization notified NJSBA of the choice.

Watch the interview featuring Wright.