Lawrence Wilkerson is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His last position in the US Government was chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State. Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army. His final military assignments were Special Assistant to then-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and, later, Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia.