Donor Spotlight: Twitter’s Chris Moody ’90

By May 15, 2015Engineering

 

Chris MoodyChris Moody ’90 credits his love for Auburn to his parents — a love he considers “a gift” he received from them at an early age. He and his brother Michael ’84 — both Auburn electrical engineering graduates — recently turned that love into an enduring legacy by creating the Thomas and Ernestine Moody Scholarship in honor of their parents.

“When I think about the Auburn Family, I think about my dad,” Chris said. “I think about my life in three phases: before I went to Auburn, when I was at Auburn, and after Auburn. My view of the world is directly impacted by his love for Auburn. ”

Chris currently serves as vice president of data strategy at Twitter. In his role there, Chris is responsible for ensuring the value of Twitter’s data is realized across the entire ecosystem of developers, partners, and customers. He is considered a pioneer in the social data industry and has worked closely with leading social platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, WordPress, Disqus, and more to formulate and execute their data strategies. Prior to his work at Twitter, he served as CEO of Gnip, the world’s largest and most trusted provider of social data, which was acquired by Twitter in the spring of 2014.

“This campaign is important to Auburn now because the rate of innovation happening in the world has never been greater,” Chris said. “Education has to adjust to the rate of change happening in the world, and the only way we’re going to do that is through the proper funding to give our students and our faculty the tools they need to keep up with innovation that’s happening around the world. If you want to change the world, you’ve got to start with education, and there’s no better place to do that than Auburn.”