Dennis Kelly, Esq

Dennis Kelly, Esq., is Secretary & General Counsel of the e-Ponte Foundation, www.eponte. tech, a 501(c)(3) entity launched by Dr. Lee Colwell, Mr. Kelly and others in 2002 to facilitate the migration of Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and Fire Chiefs to the Internet as an operational technology. With the emergence of the Internet of Things, the Dark Web, and Cybercrime and the Cyberthreat, e-Ponte is needed now more than ever. Mr. Kelly also serves as Secretary and General Counsel for two national public safety initiatives: the National Cybercrime Investigators Program (NCIP), see, and the Crisis Event Response & Recovery Access (CERRA) Clearing House, see Mr. Kelly has served as Principal Investigator for DOJ, CDC and DHS contracts and grants totaling more than $60,000,000, and he has raised more than $170,000,000 in the private capital markets for telecom and Internet of Things (IOT) ventures. Mr. Kelly also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC) on cybersecurity and cybercrime, and on crisis reentry access. He also serves as Secretary of the Haiti-New Orleans Heritage Task Force, and as Secretary & General Counsel of Basin Street Technologies, Inc. a startup DBE firm focused on cybersecurity and infrastructure deployment. Mr. Kelly is a Life Member of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and currently serves on its Legal Advisors and CJIS & Emerging Technologies Committees. Since 2017, he has served as Vice Chair of the NSA Cybersecurity & Crime Work Group. In 2010, he was the national recipient of the FBI/InfraGard National Members Alliance Franklin National Achievement Award, the highest individual award given annually by the FBI and its InfraGard Program. He also received the OPIC Special Achievement Award for his performance as an Investment Analyst for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Kelly, a long-time member of the Bars of Louisiana and Virginia, is a practicing attorney. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Goldman Sachs Fellow, and for whom he serves as a Notes Editor for the Harvard Business School Bulletin. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was an editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He also holds a Certificate in International Finance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he was a Resident Banker and acted as Desk Officer for the Africa Projects Desk in the absence of the EximBank permanent Africa Desk Officer.