Senior Research Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)
Roberta Katz was involved in helping to establish the DCI program at Stanford and has been a DCI advisor for many years. She is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS). She is also a co-author of the book Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age (University of Chicago Press, 2021), which describes the findings from a multi-year, interdisciplinary study of the behaviors and values of American and British Gen Zers and discusses the historical, technological, and social trends that have influenced them.
Katz holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University as well as a JD from the University of Washington. She was in private law practice before becoming the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Corporation (now AT&T Wireless) and, subsequently, Netscape Communications Corporation. Between July 2004 and September 2017, she served directly under Stanford University Presidents John Hennessy and Marc Tessier-Lavigne as their Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning. She also served as President Tessier-Lavigne’s interim Chief of Staff. Katz has been deeply involved in the facilitation of a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives at Stanford, and she is a current member of various Stanford advisory boards. She is also a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Exploratorium (SF) and the National Parks Conservation Association (DC).