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Chris R. Hughes (born November 26, 1983) co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory, Facebook, with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. He was the coordinator of online organizing for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on My.BarackObama.com, the campaign's online social networking website.[1] Hughes is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge venture capital firm,[2] and a strategic advisor at GMMB, a political consulting firm that worked with the 2008 Obama campaign.[3]

Hughes was born in Hickory, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Harvard College. He graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature.

Chris was featured as the cover story of April 2009's Fast Company under the headline "The Kid Who Made Obama President; How Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes Unleashed Barack's Base- and Changed Politics and Marketing Forever".

Chris is openly gay[4] and in a relationship with Sean Eldridge.[5] In the magazine The Advocate he argues that the LGBT civil rights movement has yet to tap the power of the social web, in the same way that Facebook and the Obama campaign did, to involve the public at large and “tell the story not just of gay politics, but the story of everyday people who face injustice in their everyday lives.[6]

He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Institution in 2005 and 2006.

References

  1. ^ http://My.BarackObama.com
  2. ^ TechCrunch (2009). After Facebook And The Obama Campaign, Chris Hughes Takes a Post At General Catalyst. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ GMMB (2009). Digital Pioneer, Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Joins Progressive Communications Firm GMMB. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  4. ^ "How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign". http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/134/boy-wonder.html?page=0%2C1.   by Ellen McGirt, Fastcompany.com. "I went to boarding school Southern, religious, and straight, and I left boarding school not being at all religious and not being straight."
  5. ^ Advocate.com. "A Place at the State Dinner Table".
  6. ^ "Hope and History". http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid102115.asp?page=5.   by Michael Joseph Gross. The Advocate.

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