June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation || Judge for the Innovation for Women Prize

June has been in corporate philanthropy sector for 20 years specializing in harnessing the power of technology for social good. Currently she leads the Foundation’s transition towards Empowering Women and Girls through Technology. This new strategy aligns our programs with Vodafone’s expertise in technology & innovation. She also developed the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology to address critical global issues; it has identified several winners who are already impacting over 60 Million addressing poverty, health, environment, disaster relief and technology access.

June served on boards and as advisory capacities for several foundation and nonprofit organizations, most notably on the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership’s M Health Alliance, Foundation Center and the Frugal Innovation Lab at Santa Clara University. June's background hails from teaching, specifically elementary, bilingual and special education. She received her teaching credential & liberal studies degree from San Francisco State University, masters & specialist credential at University of San Francisco.

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