2012 Commencement Speaker
Chester (“Chet”) J. Pipkin is founder, CEO and chairman of the board of Belkin International, an award-winning technology and consumer electronics brand leader worldwide. He started Belkin in his parents’ garage while majoring in history at UCLA, and has been a three-time finalist in the Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Chet has been an advisor and board member for many non-profit local and state organizations, and is board chair of the Da Vinci Charter Schools. A civic leader, he is active in public policy for education, resource management, and technology. He was appointed to the California Education Technology Task Force and the Transition Advisory Board for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He serves on the UCLA History Department's Board of Advisors.