Isaac Wright, Jr. was born into a working-class military family. He is a true New Yorker, having lived in almost every borough, from Harlem, Manhattan to Far Rockaway, Queens to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. An entrepreneur and practicing attorney, Isaac is also an executive producer of the ABC hit drama series, “For Life,” which was inspired by his life story. He is dedicated to serving the people of New York City, driven by a belief in the power of unity to create a city that every New Yorker is proud to call home.
A Lawyer, A Businessman, A Problem Solver
More than ever before, New York City needs a mayor who is a problem solver. The greatest city in the world has over eight million diverse residents, and with it comes complex organizational challenges and distinctively interdependent administrative and organizational obstacles. Isaac’s experience, along with his legal and business acumen, have well prepared him to take on the exigent duties of mayor.
If Isaac can solve some of the most challenging, complex and life-threatening problems, think of all the amazing things he can do for New York City and its people. In 1991, Isaac was wrongfully convicted of being a drug kingpin and sentenced to life in prison. With only a high school diploma, Isaac represented himself both at trial and on appeal. Rather than giving up, he developed his own litigation tactics and psychological profiling techniques. Utilizing those self-developed skills, Isaac cross-examined a veteran police officer, convincing him to confess to misconduct in open court. That confession ultimately won Isaac his freedom and exoneration after spending seven and a half years behind bars.
Today, Isaac is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the nation because of his exceptional cognitive and legal skills.
After Isaac’s release from prison, he spent the next seven years pursuing a law degree. During his educational pursuits, he started a government procurement consulting firm, advocating contract work and employment for women, minorities, and marginalized communities within the New York City Housing Authority. This advocacy quickly grew into an international endeavor, being implemented in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Central America. Before long, Isaac was advocating causes and raising capital for project owners, governments, and even tribal communities across the world. Cultural immersion has undoubtedly increased Isaac’s appreciation for cultural diversity in the workforce – one of the many reasons he is a strong advocate for inclusive growth.
As a lawyer, businessman and complex problem solver, Isaac’s ingenuity and critical thinking are essential to the city’s current and future challenges and needs.
A Humanitarian Representing the People
Isaac has devoted his entire adult life to serving the needs of others. A clear indication of his dedication is evident from his actions during his darkest times in prison where he was slated to spend the rest of his life. Isaac helped secure the release of over 20 prisoners before getting himself released and exonerated. Most notable, Isaac once gave legal arguments he had created for himself to another prisoner, who was able to use them to secure his own release. Once his own release was rightfully secured, he spent countless hours advocating for the rights of marginalized communities, with a focus on women and minorities. During law school, Isaac dedicated over 3,000 hours of pro bono work to community service and legal advocacy. He continues to support and represent New Yorkers who cannot afford legal counsel.
The People’s Candidate, A Political Outsider
Isaac understands the “good-ole-boy” network, and the injustices and inequality it breeds, as he was a victim of it. As a political outsider, Isaac is free of the typical political conflicts of interests and obligatory distractions. His only loyalty would be to the people of New York City and the orderly running and administration of the metropolis. Isaac is free to negotiate terms, make deals and forge alliances that are beneficial to the City of New York, and the needs of its people, to whom he will hold himself accountable.
A Proud Father of a Female Entrepreneur
Isaac’s daughter was six years old when he went to prison. Upon his release, he devoted all of his domestic time to his daughter, nurturing and mentoring her as she became an adult. As an avid supporter of education, Isaac instilled those values in his daughter. Today, Tikealla is a college graduate with a master’s degree and running her own business. Through her experiences and his own, Isaac learned first-hand the struggles of running a small business, as well as the challenges of being a minority female entrepreneur. As such, he will strive to improve conditions for small businesses as well as minorities and women. Equity is a central theme in Isaac’s campaign and Tikealla is an integral part of Team Wright for New York City.