The Tech Hires Chan Zuckerberg’s Katrina Stevens as President and CEO

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“Our search committee had an impressive pool of candidates from all over the world,” said Christopher DiGiorgio, The Tech’s board chair and interim CEO. “Katrina stood out for her understanding of The Tech as the Silicon Valley treasure that it is, coupled with her deep knowledge of the larger education ecosystem. As a results-oriented, empathetic leader, Katrina is the ideal person to lead our efforts to deepen our local impact and bring our programs to the world.”

Stevens will be the first female leader of The Tech, which was founded in the early 1980s; The Tech Museum of Innovation opened in 1998 and was renamed The Tech Interactive in 2019. She replaces Tim Ritchie, who became president of the Museum of Science, Boston, earlier this year.

“The spark that ignites a young person’s passion often happens in informal learning spaces like The Tech Interactive,” Stevens said. “I’ve always cared deeply about bringing that joy into more structured education.”

Stevens’ career in education has been focused on two key areas: equity and outcomes. She believes The Tech can help diversify the STEM workforce and ensure people from all backgrounds are able to play a role in the development of technology.

At the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, some of the 67 project grants Stevens oversaw included:

  • The development of infrastructure enabling PBS Kids to better measure the impact of its educational programming.
  • Support for the EF+Math program that uses an inclusive R&D approach to co-designing practical solutions that prioritize the voices and lived experiences of the teachers and students the program aims to serve.
  • The creation of 100 open-source physical science assessments aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

Before joining Chan Zuckerberg, Stevens was deputy director and senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology