Mr. Timothy W. Wright, III, also known as Tom, is a member of Black News Channel’s Programming Advisory Board. He also serves as co-managing partner in the Chicago office of Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, LLP and Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Tim is a principal at Burris, Wright, Slaughter and Tom, LLC located in Chicago; and he specializes in government relations/lobbying, government and regulatory affairs, and municipal finance. Tim has been active in a broad range of governmental affairs, including such matters as legislative oversight and analysis, international relations and policy, and community development. He has represented clients before various regulatory agencies involving insurance, environmental, and energy matters. Among these clients are the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Insurance and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Tim has represented clients in several matters involving the White House, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Government of South Africa and other public bodies. In addition to this, Tim has an extensive history of public service, beginning with his service as special counsel and director of intergovernmental affairs for the former Mayor of Chicago, the late Harold Washington. Tim was the commissioner of the Department of Economic Development for the city of Chicago under two administrations. Following this, Tim acted as director of domestic policy for President Bill Clinton's presidential campaign and chief of staff for Congressman Bobby L. Rush. Former President Clinton appointed Tim to be a director for the Southern African Economic Development Fund and as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
Tim has been a member of the advisory board at Cytta Corp. since January 2014. He served as a director of VG Life Sciences, Inc. since September 2003. In 2002, he was appointed by the current Bush administration as chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. Tim is also a trustee of IlliniCare.
In 2005, Chicago United selected Tim as one of Chicago’s “Business Leaders of Color.” In January 2010, Tim was one of the winners in Politics magazine's second annual "Reed Awards," which are presented to "political and public affairs professionals at the top of their game," according to the magazine. Tim was an award recipient in the special category, "Best Bare-Knuckled Street Fight Victory," for his help as Illinois Senator Roland Burris' lead attorney in getting the U.S. Senate to allow Burris to obtain his appointed U.S. Senate seat.
Tim served as chief justice of the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program and was selected to deliver the commencement address in 1983. Following law school, he relocated to Chicago and clerked with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Tim received a dual Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Claremont Men's College in 1977 and a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1983. He holds an LLB from Illinois State University.