In addition to founding Forward Cities, longtime entrepreneur Christopher Gergen is the founder of numerous other organizations devoted to creating transformative experiences and environments to unleash next generation entrepreneurial leaders. He is a founding partner of HQ Community, the largest entrepreneurial co-working community in North Carolina, and the co-founder of Smarthinking, which, before it was acquired by Pearson Education in 2011, was the leading online provider of tutoring in the United States. “Entrepreneur Corps,” an AmeriCorps VISTA initiative that placed 400 full-time business professionals in more than 90 nonprofits, where they provided a year of volunteer service, also was founded by Gergen. He began putting ideas into action when, at the age of 24, he started Cafe Nunoa, a restaurant and live-music venue in Santiago, Chile.
Gergen is the co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives, a fellow and faculty member with Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative, and senior advisor for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in public policy with a focus in education reform from the George Washington University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.