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About CTIA Wireless Foundation

CTIA Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to enhance American communities. Its innovative programs leverage mobile technology to provide consumer benefits in two key areas: health and safety. CTIA Wireless Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991.

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History

History


For 25 years, CTIA Wireless Foundation has put wireless to work helping American communities through a variety of initiatives, partnerships and sponsorships.

The Drive Smart campaign kicked off in 2014 as an ongoing effort to discourage distracted driving and educate teenagers about the dangers of driving distracted. CTIA Wireless Foundation’s Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest awards up to $10,000 scholarships to teenagers who submit the most compelling digital shorts that discourage their peers and adults from driving distracted.

CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor of PulsePoint, a mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens when CPR is needed in their vicinity, potentially saving cardiac arrest victims’ lives. Since 2014, the Foundation has been bringing this life-saving app to local communities across the country.

Together with industry partners and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, CTIA Wireless Foundation delivered the first AMBER Alert to wireless phones in 2005. AMBER Alerts are now delivered to cellphones as part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts program.

In 2010, CTIA Wireless Foundation entered a public-private partnership to launch Text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. Participating wireless carriers donate text messages to make the service free for expecting and new mothers.

CTIA Wireless Foundation teamed up with The American Red Cross for Text 2HELP, an initiative that enabled citizens to make donations for relief efforts via text message. This was the nation’s first successful charitable mobile fundraising program, raising more than $35 million in the aftermath of the 2010 Port-au-Prince, Haiti earthquake.

The Foundation was also a pioneer in recycling retired wireless devices. Through the Donate a Phone and CALL TO PROTECT programs, CTIA Wireless Foundation raised more than $3.5 million for charities that work to end domestic violence by refurbishing and recycling retired wireless devices.

CTIA Wireless Foundation facilitated the donation of wireless phones and airtime to neighborhood watch groups with the Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP®) program. Through the COPP program, the wireless industry provided over 14,000 wireless phones to more than 12,000 neighborhood watch patrols across the country.

Board of Directors

  • Eduardo Arthur

    SVP, Connected Living Assurant
  • Meredith Attwell Baker, President

    President and Chief Executive Officer CTIA
  • Barbara Baffer, Chairwoman - Emeritus

    Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications of Region North America Ericsson
  • Debby Ballard

    President, Sprint Foundation Director, Community Affairs Sprint
  • Philip Christopher

    President and Chief Executive Officer American Network Solutions
  • Shawn Covell

    VP, Platform Engineering Group & 5G International Advocacy Intel Corp.
  • Laura Holloway Carter

    Assistant General Counsel - Regulatory Affairs, Telecommunications and Internet Governance Microsoft Corporation
  • Luisa Lancetti

    Chief Counsel, Law and Policy T-Mobile USA
  • Jeff Miller, Vice Chairman

    Corporate Vice President North America Sales & Global Sales Operations Motorola Mobility
  • Marsha Mock, Chairwoman

    Senior Director Marketing AT&T Mobility
  • Torod Neptune

    Vice President, Corporate Communications Verizon Wireless
  • Michael O'Brien

    GM, Risk Management Syniverse Technologies
  • Megan Pollock

    Strategic Communications Director Samsung Electronics America
  • Becky Relic, Secretary

    SVP, Public Affairs and Communications CTIA
  • Grant Spellmeyer, Treasurer

    Vice President, Federal Affairs and Public Policy U.S. Cellular
  • Alice Tornquist

    Vice President, Government Affairs QUALCOMM Inc.

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