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Alumni in Residence with Chris Kelly JD’97 of Kelly Investments

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Alumni in Residence program connects current HLS students with accomplished HLS alumni for one-on-one career mentoring and advice. You’re invited to meet with Chris Kelly JD’97 during virtual office hours. Sign up for a 20-minute Zoom appointment.

Chris Kelly JD’97

Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place. In 2005, he joined Facebook and served as the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy, helping the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium it is today.

Chris left Facebook to seek the 2010 Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race. Since the June 2010 primary, he has been an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance.

In 2013, Chris joined a group of California leaders to purchase the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings. An executive board member for the Kings, he contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations and the development of the Golden1 Center, Downtown Commons mall, and other real estate assets.

As an attorney in private practice, Chris represented Netscape in the Microsoft antitrust case and Diamond Multimedia in the groundbreaking suit over the MP3 player that furthered personal use rights over digital content. Earlier in his career, Chris worked on President Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign, and for the White House Domestic Policy Council and the U.S. Department of Education.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.

More Information

View our calendar for upcoming AIR events and more information on visiting alumni. Students must reserve appointments in advance, and space is limited. Contact Shannon Taylor in the HLS Alumni Center ( with any questions or accessibility needs.



November 3
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Zoom Meeting


HLS Alumni Center