Before his successes, Christopher Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his young life. He has been sober for more than 18 years is sharing his personal story with others in hopes of making a difference.
Lawford has grown up and worked in Hollywood and Washington for much of his life. In addition to executive staff positions, Lawford held staff positions on numerous national, state and local political campaigns.
Lawford focuses a great deal of his public service on the non-profit sector working for The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Special Olympics and The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He has held public speaking appearances throughout the US and the world for non-profit organizations.
In addition to his political career, he has spent over fifteen years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He began his career in Universal Studios' Independent Film Acquisition where he was responsible for the acquisition of American Graffiti. He also worked in the entertainment law practice of Mitchell, Silverberg and Knupp.
As an independent producer Lawford arranged financing for and produced films. For the past two years Mr. Lawford has traveled extensively to the Island of Cuba where he has acted as a consulting producer to the Film Directorate of The Cuban Government and a European film company for a documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He is currently working on a book which he hopes will illuminate the extraordinary circumstances of his life and bring to others a message of survival and hope.
Christopher Lawford has a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer on Psychiatry.