Roberta Katz, JD, PhD
Senior Research Scholar, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University
Roberta Reiff Katz, a lawyer and cultural anthropologist, is currently a senior research scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, where she is conducting research on the values, worldviews, and behaviors of people under the age of 25. At Stanford, she has also served as Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning in the office of the President. During 2009-10, Ms. Katz took a leave from her work at Stanford to become Special Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice.
Prior to her work at Stanford, Ms. Katz served as CEO of Flywheel Communications, Inc., as President and CEO of the Technology Network (TechNet), as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation, and as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (subsequently AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation. She also was a partner in a national law firm, specializing in corporate law.
Ms. Katz was named one of “The Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal, one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal, and one of the “2009 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She has served on a range of for-profit and nonprofit boards of directors, as well as on many advisory boards.
Ms. Katz received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, law degree from University of Washington Law School, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.