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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 a co-founder of Facebook in 2004, Chris Hughes directed communications in the startup’s early days and worked to develop the network’s design and user experience. In 2008, he ran Barack Obama’s online organizing campaign and developed a social network that enabled volunteers to raise millions of dollars and organize hundreds of thousands of local events. He has also founded and led a digital nonprofit and published the liberal New Republic magazine between 2012 and 2016. He continues to work on progressive causes from his home in New York.

Hughes is an investor in New York- and California-based startups and serves on several of their boards.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature.