Stephen Kelley, JD

Portrait of Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley, JD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Juris Doctor
Columbia University School of Law 

Bachelor of Arts
William College


Steve Kelley is a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before joining the Humphrey School in 2007, Steve served in the Minnesota Senate for 10 years and the Minnesota House of Representatives for 4 years. He also served as the director of the Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy for 5 years. Steve teaches communications and public policy and advises on student capstone projects for TLI's Master of Science in Security Technologies degree program, and served as the director of graduate studies from 2013 to 2016. He has collaborated with scientists and engineers on engagement with policy issues for NSF funded projects related to sustainable polymers and radio spectrum congestion. Steve is currently working on issues relating to science and math education, innovation and design thinking and public engagement with science. Steve serves on a number of non-profit and advisory boards for organizations that work in civic education, youth development and STEM education. He received a B.A in political science and political economy from Williams College and his law degree from Columbia University.

Alternate Job Roles
Senior Fellow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Science, technology and environmental policy
  • Communications
  • Education policy

Dorsey & Whitney, Mackall Crounse & Moore PLLP, Minnesota Legislature


  • M.S in Security Technologies
  • M.S. in Medical Device Innovation