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Photo of MEAF Board Members, officers and staff with students from GiGi's Playhouse.

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 & Vision

Since 1991, MEAF has been dedicated to the mission of helping youth with disabilities maximize their potential and participation in society.  MEAF's vision is to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment.

Watch MEAF’s 20th anniversary video and visit What We Do to learn more about how MEAF is working toward this vision.

Financial Information

Since its inception, MEAF and Mitsubishi Electric Employee Volunteers have invested $18 million and more than 85,000 volunteer hours in U.S. based nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation has provided $12 million in National Grants that promote the full inclusion of youth with disabilities in society. MEAF has also given nearly $4 million in Matching Grants and Starfish Matches, doubling the $2 million in charitable contributions of cash, products and volunteer time donated by Mitsubishi Electric US companies and their employees.


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, Staff, and Philanthropic committees that are making Changes for the Better in the lives of young people:

Board of Directors, Officers and Staff
Advisory Committee
Philanthropy Committees

Board Members

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.

Ms. Margie Harvey **: Senior Marketing Manager
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Mr. Brian Heery: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

Mr. Keijiro Hora: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. 

Mr. Mitsuharu Kiwada: General Manager, Corporate
Administrative Division, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mr. Mark Kuntz: CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC

Mr. Perry Pappous: General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Mr. Takeshi Sugiyama *: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mr. Scott Summerville: President, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Mr. Robert Sutherby **: Sr. Warehouse Supervisor,
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.

Dr. Richard C. Waters: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories


* Honorary Director

** Employee Representatives





Mr. Keijiro Hora: President                                                    Mr. Peter Salavantis: Assistant Secretary
Mr. Koichi Kawabata: Treasurer Ms. Yuri Nakagawa: Assistant Treasurer
Ms. Helaine Lobman: Secretary  



Mr. Kevin R. Webb: Senior Director                                    Ms. Tara M.P. Havlicek: Program Officer                      

Advisory Committee

Dr. Thomas E. Backer: Senior Research Fell                   
California State University Northridge 
Ms. Nancy Peters: Vocational Facilitator (retired)
Special Education District of Lake County
Mr. Jack Greaf: Chairman (retired)
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Ms. Eryn Sanders: Rural Outreach Coordinator
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
Ms. Stacy Cervenka: Governmental Program Analyst
California Department of Rehabilitation
Dr. Katherine Seelman: Associate Dean for
Disability Programs (retired), University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Arisa Nakamori: Human Resource Specialist
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Elaine Touch: Internship & Employment Specialist
California State University-Long Beach
Mr. Ari Ne'eman: Co-Founder
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MEAF Philanthropy Committees

Employees of the Mitsubishi Electric US companies regularly invest their time and talent in the communities where they live and work. Each principal location in the United States maintains an employee volunteer philanthropy committee. These committees partner with nonprofit organizations in their community, providing cash contributions, product donations, volunteer time and MEAF Matching Grants.


DREAM Committee                                                     
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Cypress, CA

Learn more about the DREAM Committee

LOVE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC, LLC
Suwanee, GA

Learn more about the LOVE Committee

ECHO Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Mason, OH

Learn more about the ECHO Committee

MASH Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Maysville, KY

Learn more about the MASH Committee

GIVE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Huntington Beach, CA

Learn more about the GIVE Committee

K'NECT Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
Cambridge, MA

Learn more about the MERL Committee

HOPE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Warrendale, PA

Learn more about the HOPE Committee

PEACE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
Northville, MI

Learn more about the PEACE Committee

MEMPHIS Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Memphis, TN


VISION Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
Vernon Hills, IL

Learn more about the VISION Committee

LIFT Committee
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
San Diego, CA

AC/DC Committee
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Lanham, MD

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