Rod Roddenberry

Rod Roddenberry

President & CEO, Roddenberry Foundation

Eugene Wesley “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr. serves as guardian of the Roddenberry legacy, which traces back to the original Star Trek.  Through inspiring science fiction projects and philanthropy, he champions its timeless and universal ideals as embodied by the philosophy of IDIC: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

The son of legendary science fiction producer Gene Roddenberry, whose Star Trek series changed the face of television and continues to inspire today, Rod has followed in his father’s footsteps to be a catalyst in the creation of a world where humanity works together for the greater good.

In 2004, Rod became chief executive officer of Roddenberry Entertainment, a science fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment. The company builds on the best of Gene Roddenberry’s work and continues to develop a multimedia slate of thought-provoking projects spanning film, television, graphic novels, comic strips, podcasts and other mediums. Rod is executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery, heading into its third season in 2020, as well as the live-action Star Trek: Picard and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, to debut in 2020. He also spearheads the Roddenberry Podcast Network, whose Mission Log is distinguished as the most downloaded of all Star Trek podcasts.

In 2011, the critically acclaimed documentary Trek Nation chronicled Rod’s decade-long journey to explore his father’s life. The undertaking inspired him to fully embrace the vision Gene had for the world and invest himself in its future. One expression of this was the founding of the Roddenberry Foundation, which funds innovative solutions that address humanity’s greatest challenges across such areas as science, technology, education and the environment.