Name: Douglas Wilder
Title: Politician – Former Governor
What Makes This Person a Game Changer:
Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia, and the second since 1872 to serve as governor of any U.S. state. Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009. Wilder has continued as an adjunct professor in public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He writes occasional editorials for Virginia newspapers. He is also the founder of the United States National Slavery Museum, a non-profit organization based in Fredericksburg, Virginia.