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Chris Hughes


Chris Hughes was elected to Knight Foundation’s board of trustees in 2011. He is a member of the Program Committee and the Ad Hoc Sub-Committee to Investments. 

As publisher and executive chairman of The New Republic, Hughes is transitioning a nearly 100-year-old media company to the digital age, while maintaining its focus on quality journalism about politics and culture.

Hughes began his career in 2004, when he co-founded Facebook with his Harvard University roommates, serving first as the site’s spokesman, then as a leader of its product and user experience team. In 2007, he became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, where his success in generating grassroots support revolutionized the use of the Web as a political tool. Hughes helped Obama raise more than $500 million online.

Hughes is also an independent investor in technology and media companies. 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 magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature.