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Mr. Kelly worked for over forty years as an attorney in the nonprofit sector, in private law practice, and in the corporate sector and has been an active advocate through many education and community organizations and causes in Oregon. Now retired from the practice of law, Mr. Kelly has most recently served as an arbitrator and mediator of business, employment, and public policy disputes. From 1987 to 2005, Mr. Kelly served in several positions at Nike, Inc., including general counsel and global director of public affairs. Prior to his 17 years at Nike, Mr. Kelly had a private law practice in Portland from 1977 to 1987 and served as executive director of the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service from 1973 to 1977.
Mr. Kelly was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in September 2007 and reappointed in 2011. He served as president of the board from 2008 to 2011.
Mr. Kelly received an A.B. in English from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
He and his wife Lynn have two children.