June Sugiyama is the director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation. Sugiyama has been in the Foundation’s leadership role for the past 11 years. In that role, she developed various community support and partnership strategies. Most recently, she led the Foundation’s transition to support technology related programs, a strategy to better align with Vodafone’s expertise in technology and innovation.
Sugiyama served on the board of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and participates in the Arts Loan Fund and the Emergency Loan Fund of the organization. She also serves on the advisory board of the Foundation Center in San Francisco, the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership and served on the board of the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Business Arts Council in San Francisco and Nobiru-kai, a Japanese newcomers association. Sugiyama received her teaching credential and liberal studies degree at San Francisco State University, master’s and specialist credential at University of San Francisco, and has teaching experience with schools throughout the Bay Area, especially in the Japanese Bilingual Programs.
Vodafone Americas Foundation is affiliated with Vodafone Americas Inc., part of the international British wireless telecommunications company called Vodafone Group Plc. Headquartered in the UK, Vodafone is considered one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, with over 80,000 employees and operations in 25 countries across five continents. It currently holds 45% interest in Verizon Wireless in the United States. It has always been a policy of the company to support the community where it has operations; currently there are 27 foundations forming the Vodafone network of foundations worldwide.