Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director for the Cisco Foundation and Director of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. Peter brings more that 18 years of nonprofit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission and strategy of Cisco Public Benefit Investment: to invest in nonprofit programs that lead to successful individuals and vibrant communities.
Peter is currently a member of the advisory board for GreatNonprofits.org, and is a member of the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Council, the Contributions Council of The Conference Board, the National Geographic Media Advisory Group, and the board of the Planetary Skin Institute. Peter is a previous Cisco Community Leadership Fellow at Public Allies North Carolina, and is a past board member of Teachers Without Borders, YouthNoise, and the Affordable Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and a master’s degree in humanities from Duke University.