Christopher Gergen is a founding partner of HQ Community, the largest entrepreneurial co-working community in North Carolina including HQ Raleigh, HQ Greensboro, and HQ Charlotte. He is also the CEO of Forward Impact that develops entrepreneurial living communities including Think House and Duke TeachHouse and supports a network of clients developing entrepreneurial leaders and communities. Christopher also helped start Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, and Moore Forward in Moore County, NC as well as Forward Cities – a national learning collaborative between cities focused on building more inclusive innovation economies and InnovateNC – a similar multi-city learning collaborative in North Carolina. Additionally, Christopher is Innovator in Residence with the Center for Creative Leadership, a fellow and faculty member with Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative, and senior advisor for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Christopher is co-author of the nationally acclaimed book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and co-authors a bi-weekly column on social innovation for the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer titled “Doing Better at Doing Good.” Christopher is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on several local, state, and national boards.
In 1999, Christopher co-founded SMARTHINKING that became the leading online tutoring provider in the United States before being acquired by Pearson Education in 2011. Other ventures include starting Café Nunoa - a coffeehouse/bar in Santiago, Chile when he was 24 and “Entrepreneur Corps”—an AmeriCorps*VISTA initiative that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profits. Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, a leadership, entrepreneurship, and service program for Gonzaga College high school students in Washington, D.C. and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C. Further experience includes serving as Vice President of New Market Development for K12 Inc. and Chief Operating Officer for New American Schools. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University. He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.