Carl Christopher
Senior Consultant

Carl joined Education First in January 2016, bringing extensive experience and expertise in school turnarounds, high-quality school growth and high-impact philanthropy. His work at Education First helps foundations and philanthropists design and execute effective grantmaking strategies, and supports education leaders in developing systems that promote capacity building, sustainability, quality school options and effective governance. This includes projects working with leaders at the California Governor’s Office, Oakland Unified School District, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, College Futures Foundation, ExcelInEd, Learning Policy Institute, Smarter Balanced, Stanford University and the National Math and Science Initiative.

Before joining Education First, Carl was a Program Officer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, focusing on investments in initiatives to increase the growth of high-quality public schools in key cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Operations and Impact at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most successful school turnaround partners.

Carl holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego. He also is an alumnus of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Carl enjoys endurance sports and golf in his spare time and loves spending time cheering for the Denver Broncos with his wife and two kids.

Carl's expertise

  • Grantmaking Strategy and Effectiveness
  • Strategic Planning
  • Resource Use and Impact
  • Capacity Building and Sustainability

Recent clients

  • California Governor's Office
  • College Futures Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Learning Policy Institute
  • The California Community Foundation

Volunteer Affiliations

  • Abundant Living Family Church—Active Volunteer
  • Citizens of the World Charter School—Los Angeles, Board Member
  • ExED—Board Member

Carl likes


  • My children (Casey and Courtney)

  • Go Broncos!