Christopher Gavigan is a nationally recognized environmental health leader, green advocate, and social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in socially responsible business and in creating positive social and environmental change.
Gavigan is the CEO / Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, the innovative nonprofit focused on environmental health and sustainable, nontoxic family lifestyles. In this role, Gavigan is responsible for the strategy and positioning of programming in the global market, business partnerships, brand marketing, annual fundraising, and social advocacy. Gavigan solely directs and manages all strategy, marketing, communications, operations, board governance, and media communications campaigns.
Appointed in the spring of 2005 with a mandate to revitalize the organization’s strategic positioning, Gavigan developed a new, more sustainable revenue model for Healthy Child Healthy World whilst completely re-branding the organization to become the one of the most credible and trusted in the environmental and children’s health fields. Capitalizing on brand assets and driving new leadership in the brand’s strategic relationships, legislative policy, and research / editorial content, Healthy Child is now a recognized national leader with it’s robust media platforms that inspires tens of millions of consumers to choose a healthy, nontoxic lifestyle The business and annual budget grew by over 3 times in four years, reaching nearly 12M dollar, as discerning foundations, philanthropists, and business leaders engaged in the newly defined programs and marketing opportunities. Gavigan has built new strategic partnerships with WebMD, Google, Target, Seventh Generation, Microsoft, Babycenter, Universal Studios, Whole Foods, and many other market leaders as a means to expand relevance and increase scale to attract exclusive relationships from key communications companies. Christopher is the best selling author of “Healthy Child Healthy World – Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home” (Penguin/Dutton 2008), with over 40 leading contributions from notable doctors, activists, and celebrities including Dr.Philip Landrigan, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Alan Greene, and Dr. Harvey Karp.
Gavigan has written and been profiled in dozens of articles about environmental health, sustainability, green and safer products, and the nontoxic marketplace for national magazines, newspapers, and websites, such as People Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, Elle, In Style, Parenting, Cookie, Treehugger, Discovery, Fit Pregnancy, and USA Today. He has been featured as an expert and is sought as a speaker (Creative Artist Agency, LOHAS, Go Green Expo) and interviewed on numerous radio (National Public Radio, Oprah) and television programs (Good Morning America, Montel Williams) throughout the United States.
Prior to Healthy Child Healthy World, Christopher was the Founder / Managing Partner of Family First LA, Inc, a family therapeutic services collective, and Pinnacle Expeditions, a outdoor wilderness expedition company. Noticing business opportunities, Gavigan created both brands to serve families and children interpersonal, social, and academic needs, while leveraging the platforms to drive new product innovation with outside CPG vendors.
Gavigan sits on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children Environmental Health Center and is also on the Advisory Board of EcoLogo’s Sustainable Toy Initiative and the Forum on Children and Nature. He also is a member of the Sustainable Business Council.
Raised in New York and Connecticut, Christopher graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Environmental Science and Business, and extensive Masters Degree training in Psychology from UCLA. Christopher lives in Santa Monica with his pregnant wife and actress, Jessica Capshaw, and their son Luke.