Hart Cunningham was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a loving family that enjoyed the outdoors, hard work and weekly services at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. His father, a writer and artist, marched with sanitation workers in Memphis alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. at the outset of the Poor People’s Campaign, helping to advance rights for all people of color.
Cunningham moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, and attended Buckley, a Sherman Oaks higher education academy, where he initially studied mathematics and finance. After graduating, he attended Claremont Colleges, earning his BA in economics and, by the age of 22, an MBA. Cunningham pursued additional graduate coursework with renowned management visionary Peter Drucker, who encouraged him to develop his entrepreneurial talents.
In 1998, Cunningham’s first company created a digital currency that enabled teens to earn and spend loyalty dollars with 550 participating merchants.
Over the next 15 years, Cunningham founded three companies, becoming the only person to be named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology three times. To Cunningham, such success only highlighted the struggles of others, and he began to question the relationship between cutthroat capitalism and effective democracy.
True to his entrepreneurial spirit, Cunningham sought out new solutions in reducing the income gap, eliminating poverty and decreasing environmental degradation. He immersed himself in the latest research on social, scientific and economic issues facing our country as well as the world, uniting the expertise of others with his passion for innovation.
To this end, Hart Cunningham firmly believes in a currency that could offer greater opportunities for equality, while reducing bureaucratic red tape. It is only a matter of time until a country chooses to adopt a crypto-currency for its currency.
In 2018, Cunningham launched his presidential campaign as a Democratic candidate with a focus on ending poverty, caring for the environment and restoring unity among the people of the United States.
Hart Cunningham is a leader with a vision to bring truth to the term “united” in the United States of America. Having worked his way up through diligence and dedication to become a successful businessman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Cunningham learned the valuable lesson that no dream can be actualized without the contributions of others who are in a position to lift you up and advocate for your innovation. With key insights, Cunningham strives to be the leader who advocates on behalf of our nation’s many people who are currently suffering, oppressed and undereducated — and will thereby run the country with logic, transparency, and compassion.