Dr. Christopher M. Lehman is the Chairman of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, a Washington-based government affairs and international consulting firm that he founded in 1987. Prior to 1987, Dr. Lehman served for ten years at senior levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government in the national security field.
Dr. Lehman served in the White House from early 1983 through 1985 as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and as Senior Director for Legislative and Legal Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to his service at the White House, Dr. Lehman served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy at the Department of State from 1981 to early 1983. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Lehman served as an Associate staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, working directly for Committee members Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (1976-1978) and Senator John W. Warner (1979-1981). He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1969-1971.
Dr. Lehman has lectured and published on foreign policy and national defense issues and has served as a policy advisor in several Presidential campaigns. A native of Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia. Dr. Lehman holds two Masters degrees (in International Security Affairs and in Law and Diplomacy) and earned his Ph.D. in International Security Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Lehman has been honored as a biographee in Who's Who in America since 1984.
Dr. Lehman is active in civic affairs, serving on the Board of Advisors of KIDS Foundation providing assistance to gravely ill children. He is active in youth sports at the community level. He is married and has three sons.