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Moving Politics to the Web: How Technology Can Change Politics

  • Runway 1355 Market Street San Francisco, CA. 94103 (map)

Can technology be used to fix politics or are we doomed to #Fail

Join us February 18th as we host Daily Show Star Ann Ravel, Chair of the Federal Elections Commission and Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook, entrepreneur, and former candidate for Attorney General of California.

It's a conversation about technology, elections, and money. From startups to civic techies, learn about opportunities to change the world of politics.


Topics for the night include:

  • How politics is moving to the web.
  • Leveraging technology to track campaign finance.
  • New opportunities in election technology.

Appetizers and libations will be provided.

6:00-6:30 Doors open & registration
6:30-7:15 Panel
7:15-8:00 Audience Q&A
8:00-8:30 Networking and refreshments

Find us on Twitter @StartupPolicy and follow the conversation on Twitter: #techpolicy

Panelist: Ann Ravel, Commissioner Federal Election Commission

Commissioner Ann M. Ravel is Chair of the Federal Election Commission for 2015.   Ms. Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama on June 21, 2013. Before joining the FPPC, Ms. Ravel served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Ravel also worked as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. Ms. Ravel represented the County and its elected officials, provided advice on the state Political Reform Act, and initiated groundbreaking programs in elder abuse litigation, educational rights, and consumer litigation on behalf of the Santa Clara County government and the community. From March 2011 until her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Ravel served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to which Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed her.

Panelist: Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. 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 in 2009 to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, his first run for statewide office. Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. Currently, he serves as Chair of Fandor, a streaming media company focused on independent film and visual expression, and Executive Vice Chair of LOYAL3, a financial services company, both based in San Francisco.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto, and as Chair of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide leadership training program for young progressives. Read Chris's entire bio.


Earlier Event: December 9
SPL Annual Holiday Happy Hour!