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A Corporate Foundation Making Changes for the Better in Society

Note: Photo from the 2011 MEAF Board of Director's Meeting.

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 $15 million and more than 60,000 volunteer hours in U.S. based nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation has provided $11 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 $3 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: Senior Vice President and
General Manager, EED, Mitsubishi Electric US
Mr. Brian Heery: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Mr. Mike DeLano: Group President, Sales
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
Mr. Perry Pappous: General Counsel & Executive
Vice President, Mitsubishi ELectric US
Mr. Keijiro Hora: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric US
Mr. David Rebmann: CFO & Vice President of
Corporate Planning, Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Mr. Chris Gerdes: Vice President, Human Resources &
Administration, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Dr. Richard C. Waters: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
Mr. Shinji Harada: General Manager, Corporate
Administrative Division, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Dr. Richard C. Waters: President & CEO
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

Ms. Yazmin Yepez *: Sr. Credit Coordinator
Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Mr. Alex Stephens V*: Area Service Manager,
Mitsubishi Electric US

* Employee Representatives


Mr. Keijiro Hora: President                                       Mr. Peter Salavantis: Assistant Secretary
Mr. Makoto Kono: 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 Fellow                                      
California State University Northridge 
Mr. Mike Paciello: President
The Paciello Group
Mr. Jack Greaf: Chairman (retired)
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Ms. Nancy Peters: Vocational Facilitator (retired)
Special Education District of Lake County
Ms. Stacy Cervenka: Governmental Program Analyst
California Department of Rehabilitation
Ms. Eryn Sanders: Rural Outreach Coordinator
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo

Mr. Matthew Shapiro: Consultant & Public Speaker
6 Wheels Consulting

Dr. Katherine Seelman: Associate Dean for
Disability Programs, 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: President
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network



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 ACTiVE Committee

LOVE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Suwanee, GA

Learn more about the LOVE Committee

ECHO Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
Mason, OH

Learn more about the ECHO Committee

MASH Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
Maysville, KY

Learn more about the MASH Committee

GIVE Committee
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
Garden Grove, CA

Learn more about the GIVE Committee

MERL 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
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.
Arlington, VA

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