Chris Kelly (entrepreneur)

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Chris Kelly
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Chris Kelly, November 2007
Born August 18, 1970
Residence Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Education Georgetown University
Yale University
Harvard Law School
Occupation entrepreneur, politician, lawyer
Known for former Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook
Spouse(s) Jennifer Carrico; 2 children

Christopher Michael "Chris" Kelly (b. August 18, 1970) is an American entrepreneur, politician, and lawyer. Until March 16, 2010, he was the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook. Kelly is a member of the Democratic Party and ran for Attorney General of California in the 2010 election.

Early life and education[edit]

Kelly grew up in Santa Ana and San Jose, California, where he graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1987. He earned a BA from Georgetown University in 1991, a master's degree in political theory from Yale University in 1992, and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1997.


After graduating from Georgetown, Kelly worked with Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. He later served as a policy advisor for the United States Domestic Policy Council and Department of Education during the Clinton administration, focusing on researching education and issues surrounding the formation of AmeriCorps.[1] After graduating from law school, Kelly spent a year clerking for federal judge Barry Moskowitz.[1] Kelly worked in private practice with the firms Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Baker & McKenzie, and created the chief privacy officer position at Kendara, Excite@Home, and Spoke Software prior to joining Facebook in September 2005. As Facebook Chief Privacy Officer, he took the lead role for privacy issues as well as protecting the social network site from sex offenders. He left Facebook in March 2010.[2] He is a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.


Kelly's title at Facebook was Chief Privacy Officer.[3] As Chief Privacy Officer, Kelly was responsible for writing and explaining Facebook's privacy policy, as noted in The Times.[3] During Kelly's tenure at the company, the controversial Facebook Beacon program was launched.

As Facebook's executive in charge of privacy, Kelly was involved in cooperating with law enforcement in the wake of a secret investigation by investigators from the New York Attorney General's office who posted two fake Facebook profiles for underage teens.[4] Both profiles were soon contacted by older men soliciting sex without being interfered with by Facebook authorities.[4]

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenaed Facebook's records, but within three weeks Facebook settled the case.[5][6] Kelly told reporters, "This did start out as an investigation ... but it has turned into a great cooperative effort that we hope the whole industry will follow."[7]

Facebook agreed to speed its response time for complaints, while Attorney General Cuomo and advocacy groups praised Facebook's cooperation.[6] Cuomo called the end result a "successful conclusion."[7] Kelly gave subsequent interviews on the subject of minors engaging in sex online in his capacity as Facebook Chief Privacy Officer,[3] and began working with attorneys general across the nation who were investigating the issue. During his run for office in 2010, Kelly touted his work with all 50 attorneys general.[1]

Attorney General electoral bid[edit]

On April 20, 2009, Kelly announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the office of the Attorney General of California[8] He donated nearly $10 million to his own campaign.,[9] however he lost the primary to Kamala Harris.

Personal life[edit]

Kelly resides in Palo Alto, California with his wife Jennifer Carrico, an entrepreneur and former prosecutor, and their children.[1]


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