Dr. Christopher Nellum
Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Policy
Prior to coming to Ed Trust–West, Chris served as the Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles where he led the organization’s national research agendas and contributed to policy development and strategy. Prior to Young Invincibles, Chris worked on college campuses in student and academic affairs and previously served 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. A native of the Imperial Valley, Chris is a staunch advocate for a more equitable society and committed to closing opportunity gaps.