W. Anders Folk: Service to Country and Community
W. Anders Folk (BA ‘98, German and political science), winner of CLA’s 2022 Alumni of Notable Achievement Award, has led a successful career grounded in service. As a commissioned officer in the United States Marines Corps, attorney in both private practice and the US Department of Justice, and board member of two nonprofits, he has demonstrated his dedication to the promotion of his state, country, and community.
How are you involved in the community?
Service through the Department of Justice; former board member of the Minnesota Orchestra; former board member and board chair of the International Education Center, a nonprofit that provided adult basic education to new immigrants to the US; mentor to law school students.
How did your time in CLA inspire you to pursue your path?
CLA helped me become a critical thinker, meet interesting people from all over the country and the world, better understand the world around me, and to channel and inspire curiosity about how things work.
What is your favorite memory from your time as a student?
Spending time in Wilson Library and walking home across the Washington Avenue Bridge.
What advice would you give to current CLA students?
Work hard, challenge yourself, don't be afraid to fail.
How do you spend your free time? What "fills your cup"?
I spend free time with my wife and four kids; being outdoors and physically active.
What was your reaction to receiving this award?
What's next? What are your personal/professional goals for the next five years?
To continue being the best father, husband, attorney, and member of the community that I can.