Chris Hughes, a founder of Facebook and editor-in-chief and publisher of The New Republic, will deliver the keynote address at Georgia State University’s spring and summer commencement Saturday, May 11 in the Georgia Dome.
Hughes began his career as a developer and entrepreneur of new media in 2004, when he co-founded Facebook with his Harvard University roommates. He was the site’s first spokesperson, then leader of its product and user experience team.
He became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007. His success generating grassroots support revolutionized the use of the Web as a political tool. Hughes helped Obama raise more than $500 million online from more than two million donations.
As editor-in-chief of The New Republic, a magazine of politics and culture, Hughes helped the nearly century-old publication take advantage of the digital age. He led a redesign of the print publication and website. Under Hughes’s direction, The New Republic has become a trailblazer in the effort to redefine the news industry.
Hughes is an independent investor in technology and media companies, a member of the UNAIDS High-Level Commission on HIV Prevention and a trustee of the Knight Foundation.
In 2012, he was listed as part of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” in media.
In Georgia State’s centennial year, more than 4,500 graduates will receive degrees in what will be the university’s largest commencement ceremony.