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Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Lost Debate


Ravi Gupta is the Founder and CEO of The Branch, a non-profit media company that launched in October 2021 to fight polarization and misinformation online.

Before launching The Branch, Ravi co-founded Arena, where he led a team that helped elect dozens of candidates and launched the largest campaign staffer training academy in the history of the Democratic Party—an effort that’s trained over 2,500 political operatives over the past three years. He was a critical leader in Democrats’ efforts to retake the US House of Representatives in 2018 and numerous state houses, including the New York State Senate and Virginia House of Delegates.

He’s the co-founder and chair of Second Chance Studios, a media company that exclusively employs the formerly incarcerated, and serves as the co-host of Majority 54, a political podcast about talking to friends and family with different political beliefs—a show that routinely ranks in the top 100 for Apple’s News podcasts.

Ravi was the founder and former CEO of RePublic Schools, a network of charter schools in the South. RePublic’s two flagship schools are the first and only two charter schools in Tennessee to rank in the top 5% of all public schools for growth and absolute performance. He also founded Reimagine Prep, Mississippi’s first charter school.

Ravi held a number of roles on Obama’s first campaign and first term, including as assistant to David Axelrod and Susan Rice. A native of Staten Island, he graduated from Yale Law School and Binghamton University.

He’s the recipient of numerous awards, including the Truman Scholarship, Binghamton’s University Medal (the school’s highest honor), and has been included in Forbes’s “30 Under 30” and Crain’s “NYC 40 Under 40.”

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