J. Christopher Sheehan has been ASA’s Vice President and General Counsel since 2008. As head of the ASA’s legal team and advisor to the Board of Directors and management he has been instrumental in helping the organization navigate the many changes that resulted from the federal government’s takeover of all federal student lending in 2010. He also played a key role in the development of ASA’s newer programs such as college planning services, the Salt financial literacy program, and the most recent focus on helping middle and high schoolers discover their aptitudes and develop their career paths.
Before becoming general counsel, Mr. Sheehan served multiple roles throughout the organization allowing him to develop a deep base of knowledge about the organization, the student loan industry and the law of tax-exempt organizations.
Mr. Sheehan earned his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked for several New England newspapers before earning his law degree from Western New England University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review. He has also attended the University of Oregon in Eugene and holds a graduate certificate in Knowledge Management from Northeastern University. Mr. Sheehan is active in community affairs and has served on the board of the Boston Living Center.