Chris started his career in his Harvard dorm room where he co-founded Facebook along 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 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. The average online donation was $80.
As Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic, Hughes is transitioning a nearly 100-year-old media company to the digital age, while holding onto its uncompromising focus on quality journalism about politics and culture. 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 and 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.