Brian Tippens
Brian Tippens, ’00, Senior VP and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco.

Brian Tippens, ‘00, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco. In this role, Tippens oversees the leadership of Cisco’s inclusive work such as social justice, advocacy, accessibility, and community impact, to advance Cisco’s purpose of powering an inclusive future for all. 

Notably, Tippens previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and President of the HPE Foundation. In addition, he was a member of HPE’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and AI Ethics boards, and a member of HPE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive Council. 

He is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Contributor, a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and has served as a director or advisor to organizations including Operation HOPE, the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).  

Tippens was born in West Oakland, California. During his undergraduate career, he attended San Francisco State University, then transferred to the University of San Francisco, where he studied Management Information Systems (MIS). He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2000. 


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is the first in a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.