Peter Tavernise

Climate Impact and Regeneration Lead Director, Cisco Public Benefit Investment

Corporate Affairs

Peter Tavernise is the lead for Climate Impact and Regeneration, including the $100M Climate Impact initiative of the Cisco Foundation, and is also Director of Cisco Sustainability Team and the Public Benefit Investment team. He provides subject matter expertise and industry knowledge and contacts to the business and to building ecosystem of partnerships to assist Cisco in fulfilling its sustainability and regeneration goals, Net-Zero Commitment, Circular Economy/Supply Chain, and related efforts to align Cisco with our vision of an inclusive, regenerative future for ourselves, our customers, and for the world. Peter was the Executive Director for the Cisco Foundation from 2010-2021. He brings ~30 years of non-profit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission and strategy of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. Cisco Corporate Affairs and the Cisco Foundation provide cash, products, and people to support direct service nonprofit organizations with scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions that use Internet and network technology to benefit underserved individuals and communities globally. Peter is a member of the board of the Giraffe Heroes Project. He is a past Trustee of the Cisco South Africa Education Trust. He has advised GreatNonprofits.org, and has served as a member of the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Council, and the Contributions Council of The Conference Board. Peter is a previous Cisco Community Leadership Fellow at Public Allies North Carolina, and is a past board member of Teachers Without Borders, YouthNoise.org, and the Affordable Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College and a Masters in Humanities from Duke University. He is a William C. Friday Wildacres Leadership Fellow.


How The Week is shifting the cultural norm on climate engagement

The Week is a recipient of funding through the Cisco Foundation's climate portfolio, and is on a mission to shift the cultural norm on climate engagement.

Cisco Foundation grantee uses data to fight climate change and rebuild healthy forests

Cisco climate portfolio grantee, Vibrant Planet, is creating data visualization tools to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Remote Tutoring Model Attracts In-Demand STEM Mentors

Our support of We Teach Science is one example of how Cisco is harnessing the power of the digital revolution to accelerate global problem solving, enabling people and societies to thrive.

Investing in Innovation Pays Off for Math Students

This week, Cisco will receive the National Partner in Innovation Award from MIND Research Institute, based in Southern California. We are honored, but that’s not what is most important. While many such awards are given annually by nonprofits to recognize their donors, this award actually acknowledges a decade-long partnership between Cisco and MIND to improve […]

Removing Language Barriers from Math Education Improves Student Achievement

What if your biggest challenge in learning math was that you could not understand the words that the teacher used to convey math concepts? That the language in the math book was not your first language? Or that your learning disability involved difficulties with words and reading? Dr. Matthew Peterson, co-founder and COO of MIND […]