Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

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Chris has spent his career using emerging technologies to transform industries and how we communicate and share. A co-founder of Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, Chris was responsible for communications, user experience, and product development in the early years of the social network.

In 2007 he became Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, creating a social network that empowered Obama supporters to create tens of thousands of grassroots groups and events and to give over $500 million online.

Today Hughes is the owner and publisher of the New Republic, a 100-year-old magazine about politics and culture that is growing into a multi-platform digital media company. Integrated across mobile, tablet, web, and print, the New Republic is setting the standard for how mid-sized, traditional media brands can transition to the participatory web.

Hughes is also an independent investor in technology and media companies, a trustee of the Knight Foundation, and a board member of GiveDirectly.  He has been named a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.  Hughes graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.