Lawrence Randolph assumed responsibilities as United States Consul General in Casablanca on January 4, 2021.
A United States Diplomat since 2003, Lawrence last worked for the Director General of the Foreign Service where he helped her establish a worldwide employee resilience and well-being program called TalentCare. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria where he helped lead an interagency team of over 400 people. He arrived in Algiers from Frankfurt, Germany, where he was Public Affairs Section Chief. Before moving to Frankfurt, he spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan leading the External Affairs Unit of the Political Section responsible for reporting on Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbors, donors, and multilateral organizations. He was also part of a small team of diplomats and military officers charged with negotiating a Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and the Afghan governments.
Before Afghanistan, Lawrence served as a Special Assistant in the office of both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. He also served a year as a Special Assistant in the office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, advising the Under Secretary on public diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. His first of two assignments in Algeria was in 2009 where he led the Public Affairs Section, managing a staff of Americans and Algerians that increased the American foot-print in cultural, educational, and media/public relations matters.
Lawrence’s first assignment in the Foreign Service was in Cairo, Egypt where he managed the Immigrant Visa Section for one year and worked as Staff Assistant to Ambassador Francis Ricciardone for a year. After Cairo, he moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a reporting officer focusing on human rights and economic issues. He then served in the Operations Center of the State Department where he was one of 25 officers responsible for briefing and alerting then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior officials on breaking foreign affairs matters.
He has done temporary duty assignments in Libya, Syria, Brazil, and Mozambique.
He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in International Studies and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University. Lawrence was a recipient of the R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. After four years at the State Department, Lawrence spent a year studying advanced Arabic at the American University in Cairo. He is a native of Boston, MA and is married with a young daughter. He speaks Arabic, French, German, and Spanish.