Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations
The California State University
Jim Gelb is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations at the California State University. He leads the CSU's Office of Federal Relations (OFR), which advances the interests of the nation's largest and most diverse university system and its 23 campuses in Washington, D.C. The OFR serves as a resource to national policymakers, including the California Congressional delegation and federal agencies, as well as to education associations and media headquartered in D.C. In addition, the OFR provides information and guidance to the entire CSU system on important federal issues.
Prior to joining the CSU in 2001, Gelb worked in the Pentagon as the top advisor to the Secretary of the Army. There he oversaw strategy for public and legislative affairs, acted as principal liaison between the Secretary and other political appointees in the executive branch, and managed the Secretary's immediate office. Before that, Gelb played a similar role for the Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Before going to Washington, Gelb spent five years in Sacramento as chief of staff for a member of the California State Assembly. A member of the California State Bar, Gelb clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Diego, and practiced as a litigator in Los Angeles with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He graduated magna cum laude in history and literature from Harvard College and received his law degree from UCLA.