Dr. Powell is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and has continued to enjoy a career in higher education for nearly two decades. He has served as an instructional Dean in the Los Rios Community College District, and as a full-time faculty member in Political Science in multiple districts across the state.

Dr. Powell has an extensive background in developing policy for public contracting agencies. He has worked with several transportation, aviation, and collegiate school districts developing contract policies for small, local, woman-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises. He was instrumental in the development and delivery of legal services as a founding member of the John F. Kennedy University, School of Law Elder Law Clinic, and is a current member of both the Western Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association. He is an accomplished public speaker and has been a presenter for the California Department of Finance, the LDI Leadership Institute, a keynote speaker for the AGS Honor Society, the YLC Entrepreneurial Academy, and a participant in the White House Summit on African American Education.

As a tenured professor, Dr. Powell has served as an advisor for Student Government organizations, been the Chair of the Faculty Association Grievance Committee, the Legislative Liaison for Academic Senate, and the Faculty Coordinator for the Community College Pathway to Law School (CCPLS) Initiative. He has served as an Equity Officer championing efforts to support student success, and was instrumental in developing the first fully online cybersecurity collaborative with Fresno City College and LA Pierce.

He has been involved in the delivery of resume building and interview consultation for persons seeking instructional positions within the Community College system, and consistently serves on administrative and academic hiring committees. He is a published author and has an extensive instructional background in a wide array of courses emphasizing politics, law, history and economics.

Since 2014, Dr. Powell has taken great pleasure in serving as the Parliamentarian for the executive board of the Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs

Aside from his Doctorate in Jurisprudence, Dr. Powell holds a baccalaureate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, where he still functions as an advisor for the undergraduate Lambda Kappa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.