Christopher Edley Jr.


  • Civil rights

Christopher Edley  Jr. was dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law from 2004 to 2013 after 23 years as a Harvard Law School professor. He served in White House policy and budget positions under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. In Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget, he oversaw budgets and legislative initiatives for five cabinet departments and over 40 independent agencies. As senior counsel to Clinton, he directed a government-wide review of affirmative action programs. Edley held senior positions in five presidential campaigns, including senior policy adviser for President Barack Obama. He then served on Obama’s transition board with responsibility for education, immigration and health. More recently, Edley co-chaired the Congressionally-chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence from 2011 to 2013. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Public Administration, Council of Foreign Relations, Gates Foundation’s National Programs Advisory Panel, and has served on many panels for the National Research Council. He continues as a Berkeley professor.