Downtown Denizen: Al Wright

Downtown Denizen: Al Wright

Alqurin “Al” Wright
Las Vegas Ranger

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I hold two degrees in Sociology and Human Services and I am a former chaplain.

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
A huge home for my large family and friends to gather every holiday. I’d also establish a loving home and organization for homeless LGBTQ youth.

If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would it be?
San Diego: It’s home and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

If you had to teach something, what would you teach? 
Compassion 101 – What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Forensic Evaluation Assit Unit Secretary (San Diego County Court), Match Support Specialist (Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County), Psychiatric Technician

(Seven Hills Behavioral Health), Educational Paraprofessional (Apostolic Christian Academy), Youth Case Manager (Nevada Partners), Veterans Case Manager (Father Joe’s villages), Las Vegas Ranger (Downtown Las Vegas).

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
“Until the lions have their own historian, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter” – African Proverb

What was the last great book you read? 
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The last concert you attended? 
The incomparable Stevie Wonder at Life is Beautiful 2015.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Don’t be scared of adventure, and move to Japan with your mother and learn Japanese.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
An inclusive place of technological innovation, setting forth the best practices for harnessing solar power, and reviving the nostalgic feel of old Vegas with a slightly new twist.