Dr. Christopher Nellum
Deputy Director, Research & Policy
Dr. Christopher Nellum is the Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Policy at The Education Trust—West, a civil rights and education equity research and advocacy organization working on educational justice and to close attainment and opportunity gaps. In addition, Chris is a gubernatorial appointee to the Student-Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) Oversight Committee charged with reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the community college system’s new funding formula. He began his career on college campuses in student affairs and has been a higher education researcher and advocate for nearly a decade. Chris, a native of the Imperial Valley, defied the odds after experiencing rural poverty to become a first-generation college student and graduate. An alumnus of three public universities, he is committed to guaranteeing that the doors to an affordable, quality public education are wide open for the next generations of Californians, especially low-income students of color.