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Founding Advisors

Chris Kelly

Technology, Government

As the former Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook, Chris worked side by side with Attorneys General in all 50 states to develop safeguards to protect children from sexual predators.

Working at Facebook taught Chris another very important lesson – that innovation should be rewarded, and we should never stop looking for better, smarter ways to solve problems.

Prior to joining Facebook, Chris returned to Silicon Valley to practice law. Chris advised some of the most innovative Internet and media clients on the increasing challenges of intellectual property and privacy protection in the digital age. Kelly clerked for federal Judge Barry Moskowitz of the United States District Court in San Diego. He assisted on a range of both criminal and civil cases, including drug smuggling, immigration and money laundering.

As a former policy advisor for President Clinton's White House Domestic Policy Council and Department of Education, Chris worked on important domestic programs, including the successful initiative to put 100,000 new community police officers on America's streets and the formation of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans in community service for education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master's degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University. Raised in Santa Ana and San Jose, he resides in Palo Alto with his wife Jennifer, an entrepreneur and former prosecutor, and their son Aidan. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public middle school in East Palo Alto.

Highlights: Founder of Kelly Investments; Former General Counsel Facebook and nominee for Attorney General of CA

Board Experience: San Francisco 49ers

Location: San Francisco Bay Area