Team

Management Team

Chris Kelly, Chairman

Mr. Kelly was the first General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, he advised some of the most innovative Internet and media clients on the increasing challenges of intellectual property and privacy protection in the digital age. Before that, Kelly clerked for federal Judge Barry Moskowitz of the United States District Court in San Diego, assisting on a range of cases, including drug smuggling, immigration and money laundering. As a former policy advisor for President Clinton’s White House Domestic Policy Council and Department of Education, he worked on important domestic programs, including the successful initiative to put 100,000 new community police officers on America’s streets and the formation of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans in community service for education, public safety, health, and the environment. Mr. Kelly received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University.

Brian MacDonald, CEO

Mr. MacDonald has held executive-level sales, marketing and general management roles in the technology industry for more than 25 years. He joined PredPol from Vidcie, an In-Q-Tel company, where as VP of Sales he introduced cloud-based security technologies into federal agencies, local law enforcement and Fortune 500 companies. Previous roles include VP of Carrier Relations at deCarta, a location-based services company, and VP of Sales at Danger (now Microsoft), where he helped launch the first consumer smartphone at T-Mobile, the Android-based Sidekick. Mr. MacDonald spent the early part of his career in Washington, DC and London. Throughout his career, three of his companies have been acquired and one had a successful IPO. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and did his graduate work in political theory at Georgetown and Oxford.

Dr. Jeff Brantingham, Chief Product Officer

Dr. Brantingham is a PredPol co-founder and a Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. In addition, Dr. Brantingham serves as the Director of UC MaSC Project: Mathematical and Simulation Modeling of Crime. His research concerns how people use complex urban environments in routine ways and the consequences of these interactions for the patterning of crime events. Dr. Brantingham’s research on crime modeling and predictive policing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Popular Science, WIRED and other international news outlets.

Dr. George Mohler, Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Mohler is a co-founder of PredPol. His research on crime modeling and predictive policing has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, TIME, Popular Science, and other international news outlets. Mohler has also held faculty positions at UCLA, Santa Clara University, and currently at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. He has published dozens of papers in the fields of machine learning, point process modeling, and machine learning.

Christine Bottomley, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Bottomley comes to PredPol from deCarta, where she was responsible for all financial aspects of the company worldwide. She was part of the management team that facilitated their acquisition by Uber in May 2015 and then remained with Uber to facilitate the transition. She has brings almost 30 years’ experience, primarily with both early- and late-stage high-tech companies, including fourteen years of experience in the software industry. Ms. Bottomley began her career with Ernst & Young, LLP, in San Jose, California where she worked on the IPO’s of several high-growth technology companies along with managing large public company audit services. She has a B.Sc. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Members of the Board of Directors

Governor Martin O’Malley

Governor O’Malley, a pioneer in the use of data for better governing, served for eight years as Mayor of Baltimore. In City Hall, he implemented a program called CitiStat, a data-driven system that tracked how well Baltimore’s government was serving its citizens. During that time, his policies helped the people of Baltimore achieve the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities. He applied these lessons during his eight years as Governor of Maryland to implement StateStat, once again using data to monitor and manage state agencies against performance targets. In 2016 he ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

Tom Jorde

Mr. Jorde is Professor of Law (Emeritus) at UC Berkeley. He is a founder, key benefactor and member of the board of directors of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. The Brennan Center Jorde Symposium, an annual event created to recognize top scholarly discourse and writing from a variety of perspectives, was named for him. Jorde clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the Boalt Hall faculty. Jorde’s writings cover the fields of intellectual property, competition policy, and civil procedure. He is the coauthor of Antitrust, Innovation, and Competitiveness (1991) and Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (1997).

Rick Hargrove

Mr. Hargrove is a former Microsoft software engineer and active angel investor. He spent the early part of his career working on low-level OS, kernel and driver development at Microsoft. He also served as a Principal Systems Consultant at Microsoft Consulting Services Group, where he created and defined the practice and worked with top Fortune 100 corporations to migrate legacy mainframe and mini-computer systems to Windows client-server architecture. He completed his career at Microsoft as Group Program Manager in the Enterprise Tools Group, where he led a system to help corporate developers build advanced client-server database applications. This product reached $2 billion dollars in revenues within 2 years. Mr. Hargrove has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

Zach Friend

Mr. Friend is an author, public policy and communications expert who has worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). For nearly a decade, Mr. Friend was the Press Information Officer and a Crime Analyst for the Santa Cruz, California Police Department, acting as the department’s spokesman and analyzing crime statistics to help design more effective prevention and enforcement strategies. As a political analyst he has been quoted by CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the LA Times, the New York Times, Politico and others. Mr. Friend has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA with Honors in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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