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Chris Kelly

Chris is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place.  As the first chief privacy officer, general counsel, and head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris helped the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium that 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 become an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance.

In 2013, Chris joined a group of California investors to purchase the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.  As an executive board member, Chris contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations and the development of the Golden 1 Center, Downtown Commons, 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.  Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University.