Member Profile: Joshua Wright
Assistant to the Town Manager
Town of Marana


Where are you originally from?
I am an Arizona native, originally from Tempe.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I originally pursued an MPA because I was interested in nonprofit work, but was dismayed in how much time was spent on fundraising and not on actually helping people. Local government seemed so much simpler - just a "no frills" approach to offering basic services to citizens. As human beings we have an obligation to serve, and working for a town seemed like a great way to connect with people on issues that really mattered to them.
 
What do you like most about your job?
I like the fact that I have a lot of different tasks to perform, none of which on the surface have anything to do with each other. While I know in terms of the big picture everything is linked together, having such a broad job description really keeps me on my toes.
 
What areas of local government interest you the most?
I have always been interested in municipal finance, although I can't claim any great skill at it just yet. I also love whatever chances I have to work with citizens and members of the private sector to come up with creative solutions that leave everybody satisfied and happy to be a part of our town.
 
"As human beings we have an obligation to serve, and working for a town seemed like a great way to connect with people on issues that really mattered to them."

-Joshua Wright
Assistant to the Town Manager
Town of Marana

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud of is earning the trust of the Marana community, including the elected officials, town staff, and citizens. Marana is a very tight-knit community with a true family atmosphere. My family and I feel honored to be working and living with such wonderful people in such a beautiful town.
 
What was the last book you read?
I am terrible at reading books in their entirety, but in the last few months I have read at least half of each of the following: Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Vanishing American Jew by Alan Dershowitz, and Congregations in America by Mark Chaves. I have an academic interest in religious nonprofit organizations, which is reflected in my reading list and personal library.
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