Leadership

TJ Kennedy | CEO

Co-founder and Principal at Public Safety Network
Public Safety Network

TJ Kennedy is one of the co-founders and principals of the Public Safety Network.

TJ has had a 25-year career in wireless technology and Public Safety. Prior to the Public Safety Network, TJ was the President of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, an independent government authority charged with creating the first ever financially self-sustaining broadband nationwide network for public safety. TJ led FirstNet from a start-up inside the United States government to become a $40 billion public-private partnership (PPP) that is governing a mission critical 4G LTE network in all 50 US states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. This PPP is the largest ever in the United States and 
is now providing prioritized and preemptive public safety communications to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel. Prior to joining FirstNet, TJ was the President of Raytheon JPS Communications and led the Public Safety business at Raytheon Company.

Countries around the world are learning from the FirstNet model and are looking to emulate its success. Technology companies seek TJ’s advice on how they can create the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) and how to encourage public safety to embrace technology to enable the ways they respond, interact, and serve the public in its greatest time of need.

As a reliable and dedicated leader, TJ has defined and achieved organizational excellence and created complex business strategies that have achieved incredible results while working in a political environment with diverse stakeholders.

TJ received his B.S. from the University of Utah and his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.


JASON KARP | Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary

Co-founder and Principal at Public Safety Network
Public Safety Network

Jason Karp is one of the co-founders and principals of the Public Safety Network.

Jason brings more than 25 years of legal and business executive experience in the telecom, technology, media/advertising, and public safety environments, having managed within large corporations, start-ups and the federal government.

Prior to the Public Safety Network, Jason was the General Counsel and senior executive with FirstNet. In this capacity, Jason was responsible for interpreting the complex law that created FirstNet, and developing and implementing the critical legal strategy and framework to enable successful deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. In addition, as one of the founders of the FirstNet team, Jason played a key role in architecting the first of its kind strategy and business model for creating a financially sustainable wireless broadband network to benefit public safety with dedicated and enhanced communications and tools, through a public-private partnership with industry valued at more than $40 billion.

Jason has extensive strategic and operational experience building, managing, and advising across a variety of organizations, including with MCI, Accenture, Net2000 Communications, E-centives, and the Federal Communications Commission, where Jason was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the regulations governing number portability. Jason is a committed and effective executive and thought-leader, creating highly successful organizations and strategies, while navigating within incredibly diverse commercial and political environments.

He remains highly committed through the Public Safety Network to helping public safety embrace this new ecosystem of technological capability to help improve operations whenever and wherever needed.

Jason received a B.S.E. with honors in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.