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Christopher Paul Wolfe  

Army Veteran, Writer & Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University

Christopher Paul Wolfe is a coach, veteran, entrepreneur, artist, and writer. He graduated from West Point and served for six years as a Field Artillery officer in the U.S. Army, including in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then earned an MBA from Duke University and worked on Wall Street as an investment banker. After five years on Wall Street, Wolfe earned his MFA from Columbia University where he remains today.

At Columbia, Wolfe uses his own expertise to help others actualize their potential and has pursued teaching opportunities intertwined with social justice. He is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights and he teaches creative writing at Rikers Island to incarcerated students as a part of the Justice-In-Education Initiative.

Wolfe’s writing has been featured in the BOMB Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and two anthologies. Most recently, Wolfe applied his experience and expertise to the Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Soldier’s Play,” serving as its military consultant. As a coach, he combines his creativity and thoughtfulness to help leaders and teams achieve success.


‘Sir, I Never Thought I’d See the Day I’d Be Working for a Colored Officer’
“Sir, I never thought I’d see the day I’d be working for a colored officer.” These were not words I expected to hear, in 2003, from a senior enlisted soldier. It was winter in Iraq’s Anbar Province, and we were standing in the bay of an abandoned train station, where our unit now lived. As the maintenance officer, I oversaw the bay, where we labored to keep a fleet of vehicles in shape for missions on Iraqi streets. Worn track pads and tires surrounded us. Grease-covered soldiers worked on heaps of metal left inoperable by combat.

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