The New Republic
Chris Hughes is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic, transitioning a nearly 100-year-old media company to the digital age. He started his career in his Harvard dorm room where he co-founded Facebook with roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. Obsessed with consumer technology from a young age, Hughes was responsible for user experience and product development for Facebook in the early years of the social Web. In 2007, he became Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama's US presidential campaign, creating a social network that empowered Obama supporters to create tens of thousands of grassroots groups and events, and to give over US$ 500 million online. Hughes is an independent investor in technology and media companies, a Trustee of the Knight Foundation and a Board Member of GiveDirectly. He has been named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in the media category. Hughes graduated manga cum laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.