Chris Kelly is 42-years-old, has degrees from Harvard and Yale and used to lead a major department at Facebook.
Now, he’s the latest investor in Sacramento’s fight to keep the Kings.
“This isn’t somebody new that they went and grabbed because they needed him. His name has been in the mix for awhile now,” said Phil Oates, a part of Sacramento’s investor group.
That’s Oates’ take on the newest member of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s ‘Keep the Kings’ team.
Oates is a veteran player.
He’s one of the million-dollar private investors Johnson recruited to help stave-off Seattle’s bid to buy the Capital City’s NBA team.
Kelly led a successful proposition campaign to toughen the state’s stance against human trafficking last fall, after failing get the democratic nomination for attorney general back in 2010.
Kamala Harris won that primary and eventually the post.
Before turning to politics, Kelly was the chief privacy officer at Facebook and it’s that social networking background that Oates thinks the Kings may benefit from the most.
“I think that’s going to make us much more profitable and really bring us into this new century in great shape,” he said.
And as for the mayor adding Kelly to the team so close to the NBA’s expected stay-or-go decision for the Kings next week?
“The mayor has been two steps ahead of everybody all along for the last three months,” Oates said. “And when he makes a move it may seem odd to us, but he knows what’s coming behind him.”