Senior Director, Higher Education Research and Policy
The Education Trust-West

Christopher J. Nellum is currently a senior director at The Education Trust–West (ETW), an advocacy organization committed to forever closing opportunity and achievement gaps. In this role, Chris is leading the launch of ETW’s higher education research and policy division in California. Prior to ETW, Chris was the policy & research director at Young Invincibles where he contributed to the organization's California-focused and national research agendas and policy development and strategy. Chris previously worked on college campuses in student and academic affairs and began his career in federal advocacy as a senior policy researcher for the American Council on Education. He is a proud graduate of public schools and universities, having earned a Ph.D. in higher education policy from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, an M.S. from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.