When the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce reopens after the holidays, a new president and CEO will be at the helm – fourth-generation area native Peter Katz.
Katz took over responsibilities Dec. 10, according to a press release about his arrival. As he settles in, he will bring expertise from 20-plus years in commercial businesses, more than 10 years with nonprofit organizations and several years with educational institutions.
Before accepting the position with the Chamber of Commerce, Katz consulted with startups on go-to-market strategies and aided California community colleges in “marrying school and career success through engagements with local employers,” Chamber officials said.
For approximately five years prior, he was founding executive director of the Silicon Valley branch of Genesys Works, a national nonprofit organization that encourages high school seniors from low-income families to pursue a college and career track through training and internships.
Katz spent the majority of his time in the corporate world involved in innovative products in consumer technology, holding down positions at companies such as Xerox and Apple, Chamber officials noted.
“Mountain View is a wildly creative, highly diverse and truly unique place to live and work,” Katz said in a statement. “I am excited and honored to be a part of an organization that embraces the value of bringing together all aspects of the city – commercial, social, educational and political – and is expressly committed to helping them engage and thrive.”
Katz earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley and a master’s in international management from Golden Gate University. He sits on the South Bay Advisory Board for 10,000 Degrees, a Bay Area charity that helps children from poor families get accepted into and finish college with financial aid and the support of mentors.
For more information on the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, visit chambermv.org.