Justen A. Wright, CFSP
Council Member At-Large
Justen A. Wright is embarking on his second, four-year term serving citizens throughout Wilmington as an At-Large Member of the 106th Session of the Wilmington City Council. In 2008, at the age of 24, Justen became the youngest person ever elected in the City’s history to a position on City Council. In addition to his work in public office, Council Member Wright is a 2nd Generation Funeral Director of The House of Wright Mortuary and Cremation Services, Inc.; a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP); a pre-need insurance agent; a notary public; a member of Ezion Fair Baptist Church under the pastorate of Pastor C. T. Curry, Ph.D., D.Min.; a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Immediate Past President of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association. In addition, he is the Immediate past chairperson of the Education, Youth & Families Committee for Wilmington City Council; Past chairperson of the membership committee for the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
Justen was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He matriculated through the Delaware school system, graduating from Alexis I. DuPont High School at just 16 years of age. Justen also exuded a passion for the funeral industry at a very early age and persevered through a two-year daily commute between Wilmington and New York City in order to obtain his Associates Degree from the American Academy of McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Justen continued his education at Wilmington University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
After completing a one year apprenticeship under his father, Robert O. Wright I, the founder of The House of Wright Mortuary and Cremation Services, Inc., Justen was granted his license and became the youngest accredited funeral director in the State of Delaware at the remarkable age of 20. Also in that same year, Justen was honored to be the keynote speaker for Delaware State University's Young Entrepreneur Conference. Justen is committed to giving back to the community and remains as a positive role model for young people from all backgrounds.
Council Member Wright’s commitment to communities throughout the City of Wilmington is unwavering. His efforts have earned him a number of awards and recognitions such as the Salute to Excellence Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for Community Service in promoting values of lifelong learning; and the Appreciation and Support Award from Sarah Pyle Academy. Justen has also been recognized by the Newark Chapter of the NAACP. He continues to gain notoriety as an elected official who has a keen sense of the multitude of issues that affect Wilmingtonians thus fulfilling some early predictions of his leadership skills as featured in a Delaware Today article entitled “Our Black Leaders,” and in a City Life Magazine article entitled “19 Energizers.”
Council Member Wright is married to the former Trista Laster and is the proud father of Justen A. Wright II. He is the son of Robert O. and Deborah A. Wright; the brother of Robert II and Maurice I; and the proud uncle of Robert III, Maurice II, Latrell, Mi-na and Raegan.
Standing Committees of Council
Council Member Wright is a member of the following committees:
- Community and Economic Development
- Health, Aging & Disabilities
Contact City Council
Wilmington City Council
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071