Rob Wright was born in 1949 in Denver, grew up there, and got his degree in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. During college, he worked as a ski patrolman in Vail, Colorado. Rob joined the microfilm division of 3M in 1972, was transferred to Los Angeles in 1973, and later was a partner at Irwin-Wright Advertising for many years until joining Fred Sands Realtors.
Rob met his husband John McDonald in 1982 through mutual friends. Together, Rob and John became very active in supporting the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Los Angeles (today the LA LGBT Center), providing the lead gift for the building that currently houses the Center. In 1996, they moved to Beaver Creek, Colorado, where they thrived on skiing, hiking, and biking. Today, John and Rob divide their time between Beaver Creek and Palm Springs, California.
John and Rob’s primary thrust in philanthropy is seeking full and equal rights for all minorities including the LGBTQ community. At present, they are particularly involved in and supportive of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, which conducts leading research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. In addition, John and Rob recently purchased a three-story building to house the LGBT Center of the Desert in Palm Springs.