Christopher Edley, Jr.

Christopher Edley
Christopher Edley, Jr.
The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor,
UC Berkeley School of Law

Christopher Edley, Jr. is the co-founder and president emeritus of the Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving cradle-to-career educational opportunities to help eradicate poverty and racial inequality. He co-chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence (2011-13), appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan. Dr. Edley was Dean of UC Berkeley Law School (2004-13) and continues there as the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, teaching administrative law and education law. Before UC Berkeley, he was a professor at Harvard Law School for 23 years, where he co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project with Professor Gary Orfield. Dr. Edley also served in White House policy and budget positions under presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and held senior positions in five presidential campaigns: Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Howard Dean, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

Publications by Christopher Edley, Jr.
PB Hough July 2020
What California’s Leaders Must Do Next to Advance Student Learning During COVID-19
On July 17th, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that all K–12 schools in California counties with rising COVID-19 infections would be required to teach remotely. Without a strong focus on improving the quality of remote education at scale, students…
Education Equity in California
This paper focuses on implications for equity in the research findings of Getting Down to Facts II (GDFTII). Policymakers changed education funding and governance with the 2014 enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Gov. Jerry Brown’…