June 25, 2008
Caroline J. Hanna
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. — The alumni of Amherst College have elected Christopher S. Lehane, member of the Class of 1990, to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Since 2001, Lehane, partner and owner of the California-based company Fabiani and Lehane, has provided strategic advice and tactical execution to corporate, entertainment, political and professional sports clients facing complex challenges with finances, communications, government affairs and the law. A passionate observer of and participant in local, state and national politics, he has also worked on several successful presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and initiative/referendum campaigns. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the press secretary for former Vice President Al Gore at the White House and on the 2000 presidential campaign. From 1995 through 1997, he was special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton and provided legal, communications and political counsel to the President and First Lady of the United States. He moved to the White House after previously working on then-Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst, Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994. At present, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Andrea, and children, Dominic and Quincy.

An active volunteer for Amherst since he graduated from the college, Lehane has served on the trustee-nominating committee and as a featured speaker at alumni and Homecoming events, provided career advice to the college’s undergraduates and participated in events for newly admitted students. He is a member of the 1821 Society. 

The Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of the president of the college, ex officio, and 20 other members: 14 term trustees elected by the board and six alumni trustees elected by alumni of the college. Founded in 1821, Amherst is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with 1,650 undergraduates.