Christopher S. Lehane ’90 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and appointed a term trustee in 2014. In August 2015 he joined Airbnb’s executive leadership team as the head of global policy and public affairs. He is a founding partner of the San Francisco-based public relations firm Fabiani and Lehane and has advised corporations, entertainers, professional athletes and politicians in finances, communications, government affairs and the law. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including the U.S. Presidential campaigns in 1992 and 2000. Between these two campaigns, he was special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1997 and then press secretary to Vice President Al Gore from 1997 to 2000. He is also the co-author of Masters of Disaster, a book on crisis management, and screenwriter/co-producer of the theatrically released film "Knife Fight."
Lehane has long been an active volunteer for Amherst, having served on the trustee-nominating committee and as a speaker at alumni and Homecoming events. He has provided career advice to undergraduates and participated in events for newly admitted students.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst, Lehane holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is married to Andrea Evans and has two children, Dominic and Quincy.