Corporate Social Responsibility

MEAF – About

About Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) was established in 1991 with a $15 million endowment by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan and the Mitsubishi Electric US group companies. The Foundation supports national grant programs and employee volunteer programs across the United States to make Changes for the Better for youth with disabilities.

Mission and Vision

To help youth with disabilities maximize their potential and participation in society. Since 2011, the Foundation’s vision has been focused on empowering youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment.

Foundation Leadership

While MEAF is a philanthropic organization that donates funds to worthy causes, it is our people that truly make a difference. Meet our dedicated Board, Advisors, and Staff, who are making Changes for the Better in the lives of young people.

Board of Directors

Mr. Mike Corbo: Chief Operating Officer & Executive, Vice President, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Mr. Mike DeLano: Group President, Sales, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Mr. Chris Gerdes: Vice President Corporate Administration, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Mr. Brian Heery: President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Mr. Mark Kuntz: CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC
Mr. Masahiro Oya: President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Mr. Perry Pappous: General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Ms. Julie Ritenour **: Consultant, Import/Export, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Mr. Takeshi Sugiyama *: President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mr. Scott Summerville: President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
Mr. Robert Sutherby **: Sr. Warehouse Supervisor, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Ms. Asako Ueno: Senior General Manager, Sustainability Planning Division, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Dr. Richard C. Waters: President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

* Honorary Director ** Employee Representatives

Officers

Mr. Masahiro Oya, President
Mr. Koichi Kawabata, Treasurer
Ms. Helaine Lobman, Secretary
Ms. Yuri Nakagawa, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Peter Salavantis, Assistant Secretary

Staff

Kevin R. Webb, Sr. Director
Tara M.P. Havlicek, Program Officer

Advisors

Dr. Thomas E. Backer, Senior Research Fellow, California State University Northridge
Ms. Stacy Cervenka, Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind
Mr. Jack Greaf, Chairman (retired), Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Ms. Leah Katz-Hernandez, Manager, CEO Communications, Microsoft, Inc.
Ms. Arisa Nakamori: Human Resource Specialist, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Ari Ne’eman, PhD Candidate in Health Policy, Harvard University
Ms. Nancy Peters: Vocational Facilitator (retired), Special Education District of Lake County
Dr. Katherine Seelman: Associate Dean for Disability Programs (retired), University of Pittsburgh
Ms. Elaine Touch-Malave, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Resolution Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

Financial Information

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation was established in 1991 with a $15M endowment from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric US group companies.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation by the numbers (as of 3/31/2021):

  • Assets=$27M
  • National Grants to date=$13.8M
  • Matching Grants to date=$4.3M
  • Starfish Matches to date=$0.8M
  • Total Giving to date=$18.9M