Christopher Nelson

Managing Director, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund

Christopher Nelson is the 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 or services bolster student academic achievement, foster choice and competition in schooling, or otherwise expand the public’s ability to provide a high-quality education to all students. Mr. Nelson 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, Mr. Nelson 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. Mr. Nelson also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Charter Schools Association, the membership and professional organization serving charter public schools in California.