Chris Lehane

Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Communications

As Airbnb’s Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Communications, Chris leads Airbnb’s work with policymakers around the world to achieve common-sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to earn extra income by sharing their homes; oversees the company’s efforts to educate communities and consumers about the benefits of Airbnb’s local, authentic and unique brand of travel; and directs initiatives to communicate how Airbnb promotes trust and belonging.

Prior to joining Airbnb, Chris provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, he served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including as Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton, and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. A published author and film co-producer, Chris also has served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for children’s health media advocacy non-profit Common Sense Media; and AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Andrea, a human rights lawyer, and two sons, Dominic and Quincy.

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