Christopher Edley, Jr., was born in Boston and graduated from Swarthmore College and from both the Kennedy School of Government and the Law School at Harvard University. He worked in the Carter administration, served for a time on the editorial staff of The Washington Post, and since 1981 has taught at the Harvard Law School.
Mr. Edley was also national issues director for Michael Dukakis's presidential campaign and senior adviser on economic policy for the Clinton-Gore transition. In 1992-94, he served as Associate Director for Economics and Government at the Office of Management and Budget; in February 1995, he became Special Counsel to the President, in which capacity he led the White House review of affirmative action,
In August 1995, Mr. Edley returned to Cambridge and resumed full-time teaching and research. [from Not All Black and White (1996)]
Mr. Edley was an advisor to Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, and a member of the Obama-Biden transition team. He is now Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. [Wikipedia (2009-09-08)]