CEO, Guardian Group
37th and 41st New York City Police Commissioner
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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Robert K. Steel
Vice Chair, Perella Weinberg Partners
Vice Chair, ECNY
With fifty years in public service, including fourteen years as police commissioner of the City of New York, Raymond W. Kelly is one of the world's most well-known and highly esteemed leaders in law enforcement.
Kelly was appointed police commissioner in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the longest serving police commissioner in the city's history, as well as the first to hold the post for a second, separate tenure. He also served as police commissioner under Mayor David N. Dinkins.
In Commissioner Kelly's distinguished career he has also served as senior managing director of global corporate security at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, undersecretary for enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department and vice president for the Americas of Interpol. Kelly was director of the international police monitors in Haiti Commissioner Kelly holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a JD from St. John's University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition, Commissioner Kelly retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service.
Kelly is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Counter Extremism Project, Applied DNA Science, Clearview AI and Bond. In 2016, His Eminence Cardinal Dolan named Commissioner Kelly to the Board of Directors of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.
In September 2006, Commissioner Kelly was awarded France's highest decoration, the Légion d'honneur, by then French Minister of the Interior Nicholas Sarkozy.
His book, "Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City" was published in 2015.