Executive Director, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Chris Nelson is the Executive Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Established by Charles and Helen Schwab in 1987, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation is a private foundation that believes every person has the potential and deserves the opportunity to lead a happy and productive life. Prior to this role, Chris was Managing Director of the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, a San Francisco-based philanthropy created by Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of the Gap, Inc. The Fund seeks to leverage change in K-12 public education, especially in schools serving disadvantaged students, by making strategic investments in organizations whose products, policies or services bolster student academic achievement, or otherwise expand the public's ability to provide a high quality education to all students. Chris manages the Fund's portfolio of philanthropic investments and directs the Fund's policy initiatives and research and advocacy efforts in California and nationwide. Prior to joining the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, Chris spent six years as a litigator at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco where he specialized in complex business litigation, intellectual property matters, state and federal government investigations, and white collar criminal defense. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Charter Schools Association, the membership and professional organization serving charter public schools in California. Chris received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.