Lake is a "Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served during 1993-1997 as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs."
"President William Jefferson Clinton said of Anthony Lake’s service as National Security Advisor, 'In moments of crisis, in times of triumph, he has always been at my side.' As the point man of America’s foreign policy team, Dr. Lake strategized and implemented some of the most pressing foreign policy issues our country has faced since the end of the Cold War. Dr. Lake guided the United States through such geopolitical hot spots as Bosnia, North Korea, Haiti, Iraq, Somalia and China while extending the reach of democracy throughout the globe." 
Lake also served as a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1991-1992. He was Five College Professor of International Relations at Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges (1981-1992).
"After work with the Muskie Campaign, the Carnegie Endowment and International Voluntary Services, Mr. Lake returned to the State Department in 1977 to serve as Director of Policy Planning for President Carter, a position he held until 1981."
"Lake joined the State Department in 1962, where he served until 1970 as a Foreign Service Officer. His State Department career included assignments as U.S. Vice Consul in Saigon (1963), U.S. Vice Consul in Hue (1964-65) and Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-1970)."
In 1961, "Lake received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude from Harvard College. He read international economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1974."
Taken from Anthony Lake's biography with the Harry Walker Agency.
Profile of Anthony Lake By Paul Malamud, USIA Staff Writer
Washington -- President-elect William Jefferson Clinton's choice for White House national security adviser -- one of the most important foreign policy positions in the U.S. government -- brings considerable experience to the job. Fifty-three-year old Anthony Lake first entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1962 and has been active in foreign policy circles since then.
Like Clinton, Lake is part of the idealistic generation shaped by the John Fitzgerald Kennedy presidency of the early 1960's, as well as by the war in Vietnam. Lake's idealism came to the fore when he resigned his job as an assistant to Henry Kissinger in 1970 in order to protest the Richard M. Nixon administration's extension of Vietnam war combat into Cambodia.
However, Lake's extensive State Department experience and his considerable scholarly involvement in international affairs should also help him bring a hard-nosed appreciation of the realities of power to the job.
Born in 1939 in New York City, Lake received his bachelor's degree from Harvard and studied economics at Cambridge University in England for two years. He has received a doctoral degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
In 1962, Lake joined the Foreign Service, and was posted to Vietnam, where he became a special assistant to then-ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. Singled out early for his talent, Lake rose quickly to become an aide to Secretary of State Kissinger in 1969, accompanying the secretary on his first secret meeting with North Vietnamese negotiators in Paris. In 1970, he had a falling out with Kissinger over the Nixon administration's extension of the war to Cambodia and later wrote a book critical of Kissinger's approach to Africa.
In 1977, Lake became head of the State Department's policy planning operation in the administration of Jimmy Carter. In that position, he reported directly to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and was witness to the bureaucratic maneuvering that went on between Vance and Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski.
In 1981, when Ronald Reagan became president, Lake withdrew into academia, becoming a professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In 1984, he moved to Mount Holyoke College, where he has taught courses in the Vietnam War, Third World revolutions, and American foreign policy. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he was one of candidate Clinton's chief foreign policy advisers. (Clinton and Lake had worked together in the 1972 presidential campaign of George McGovern.) Lake is also an old friend of Warren Christopher, Clinton's choice for secretary of state.
Lake's published works include "The 'Tar Baby' Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia," (1976); "Third World Radical Regimes: U.S. Policy Under Carter and Reagan," (1985); and "Somoza Falling: A Case Study of Washington at Work," (1990). In addition, he helped found the influential journal "Foreign Policy."
Lake has been referred to in the press as a "creative and imaginative thinker." He is known as a skillful bureaucratic conciliator and is thought to favor a strong United Nations as a multilateral vehicle for solving international problems.
- "He joined the State Department in 1962, where he served until 1970 as a foreign services officer, with assignments in Vietnam and on the NSC staff. After working with the Edmund Muskie campaign, the Carnegie Endowment and International Voluntary services, Dr. Lake returned to the State Department in 1977 to serve as director of Policy Planning for President Carter, a position he held until 1981.
- "In addition to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Dr. Lake's board and advisory memberships include the Marshall Legacy Institute, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Center for International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Center for International Relations at University of California/Los Angeles, and the America Abroad Media. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary's College of Maryland." 
- Board Member, U.S. Fund for UNICEF (In 2004, Lake became the Chairman)
- Board Member, Marshall Legacy Institute
- Board Member, International Committee of the Red Cross
- Board Member, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
- Board Member, America Abroad
- Board Member, Freedom House
- Trustee, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- Principal, Inter-Agency Standing Committee 
- Convening Committee, Global Movement for Children 
- Advisory Board, UI Energy Corporation 
- Walter Pincus and Thomas W. Lippman, Intelligence Agency Should Like the Cut of Lake's Cloak, The Washington Post, December 6, 1996.
- F.R. Duplantier, Anthony Lake Is Wrong Man for Job. Knowing that both the CIA and the FBI were infiltrated by Russian spies, why on earth would President Bill Clinton name someone like Anthony Lake to be the new director of Central Intelligence?, America's Future, February 9, 1997.
- CIA Director-Designate Lake Claims: "Russian Missiles No Longer Target American Cities", American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.: Foreign Policy Alert, No. 35, March 4, 1997.
- Senate Testimony by CIA Director-Designate Lake. Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, March 11, 1997.
- Shields & Gigot on Lake, PBS Online NewsHour, March 18, 1997.
- William Norman Grigg, The Ordeal of Anthony Lake. Clinton's CIA nominee bowed out before his leftist past was exposed, The New American, April 14, 1997.
- Freedom House, "Biography", Accessed December 2006.