Public Information Office Director, Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Veda Coleman-Wright joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in May 1996 and is currently the director of the Public Information Office. She prides herself on being a strong, reputable voice in her community.
Veda holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University, with a minor in political science. She worked as an information specialist for Florida's Department of Insurance then began her tour of duty at South Florida’s ABC affiliate (WPLG) as an assignment editor.
In 2017, the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Veda with a Woman of Distinction award. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXXIII. In 2012, she successfully completed BSO’s Institute for Criminal Justice Studies’ Executive Leadership Program at Nova Southeastern University. Veda has received several awards and accommodations. In 2010, she was honored by Success South Florida magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals. In 2008, she was recognized for her contributions, leadership and service to the South Florida community in the area of community empowerment by the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Veda is an active member of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, serving in the Drama Ministry. A native of Augusta, Georgia, she has lived in Broward County since 1972, is married and has two sons.
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Sponsor: Ed Choice