Nancy D. Kates is a filmmaker and writer based in Berkeley, California. She is a graduate of Stanford University's documentary film and television program, where she created a number of short films; her M.A. thesis film, Their Own Vietnam, received the 1995 Student Academy Award in Documentary. She is a former producer of Computer Chronicles, the PBS series, and has worked as a producer, writer, and story consultant on various documentary projects. Kates is a former staff writer at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and also works as a writer, consultant and futurist.