Christopher Nayve

Christopher Nayve
Phone: (619) 260-4798
Office: Maher Hall 220

Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives

  • JD, University of San Diego
  • MBA, University of San Diego
  • BA, University of San Diego, History

Chris has been working in the field of community engagement and development since 1994. Chris managed USD’s Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) funded by the United States Department for Housing and Urban Development. COPC programs provided economic and business development opportunities, public health services, early childhood education awareness, and landlord/tenant mediation for residents of Linda Vista.  Chris' goal is to deepen the breadth and depth of community engagement for faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners in order to address “critical social issues through the beneficially mutual exchange of knowledge and resources.”  Chris co-chaired the implementation of USD’s designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and continues to serve as the Advisor of Community Engagement for the Changemaker Hub. Chris is committed to forging democractic, reciprocal, and equitable campus/community partnerships with focus areas in housing, poverty, economic development, education, social justice, fair trade, microfinance, and diversity and inclusion.

Chris is committed to building the field of community engagement, social innovation, place-based justice, and anchor institutions and has partnered with California Campus Compact to mobilize California colleges and universities to aid in the state’s economic recovery and renewal through community engagement, microfinance, and social investment.  Chris led USD’s involvement with four California universities that took part in California Campus Compact’s case study titled, Community/University Initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Service which focused on the integration of diversity and service-learning in higher education.  Chris was one of 40 leaders invited to reflect on the future of the service-learning and civic and community engagement at Diving Deep: Campus Compact’s Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners. For his work, Chris was selected as one of 50 “America’s Leaders of Change” by the National Urban Fellows.  Chris is on the board of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance and the Urban League of San Diego County.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).  For his work in facilitating campus/community partnerships Chris was California Campus Compact's recipient of the 2016 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.  

Prior to USD Chris served in the United States Navy with the submarine force and with the United Nations in Bosnia during the Bosnian war. His degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in History, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate.