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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, BA 2005
Visual Art/Graphic Design, Comp Sci (Formerly), Psychology (Minor)

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Chris Johanesen

Chris Johanesen is BuzzFeed’s Vice President of Product and was the company’s second employee and first designer.

Working under Founder & CEO Jonah Peretti he has guided product from the first site launch through the development of its groundbreaking social CMS, analytics, and advertising products — building out BuzzFeed’s world-class product team along the way. A tech generalist, Chris has spent time on product design, programming, user experience, and visual design.

Before BuzzFeed he helped with design and development for other NY organizations such as AIGA, Apartment Therapy, and The Brooklyn Rail.

He has a BA in Visual Art from Rutgers and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

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