Christopher Edley, Jr.

Christopher Edley, Jr. brings to PACE an illustrious career supporting educational equity and excellence nationwide. Professor Edley was dean of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) from 2004 to 2013, after 23 years as a Harvard Law professor. He co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project with Professor Gary Orfield, now at UCLA. Professor Edley’s academic work is in administrative law, civil rights, education policy, and domestic public policy generally. He has moved between academia and public service, giving him broad academic and practical familiarity with many policy areas. Edley served in the White House under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. In Clinton’s OMB, he oversaw budgets and legislative initiatives for five cabinet departments and 40 independent agencies, with budget responsibility totaling in the hundreds of billions of dollars. As senior counsel to Clinton, he directed the government-wide “Mend It, Don’t End It” review of affirmative action programs. Edley held senior positions in five presidential campaigns, including policy director for candidate Michael Dukakis (1988). He was a Senior Economic Adviser to President-Elect Clinton and served on President-elect Obama’s Transition Board, with responsibility for Education, Immigration, and Health. Edley co-chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence (2011-13). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Public Administration, Council of Foreign Relations, and a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served the NRC on many education-related panels and chaired panels on Adult Literacy Standards, NAEP Performance Standards and, currently, Education Equity Indicators. Professor Edley is the president and co-founder of the Opportunity Institute and continues to serve as a Berkeley Professor.


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