2012 Toyota 100 Cars for Good

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Transportation Policy Task Force
Transportation's Uncertain Future: Politics, Roads & High-Speed Rail
May 18, 2012

Finance at the state and federal levels and alternatives to the gas tax are two major topics in the transportation discussion. In addition, as high-speed rail is put on the backburner elsewhere, the dream is still alive in California. This session focused on how infrastruture investment can impact the road construction industry and a company like UPS. Speakers also discussed what California has planned in high-speed rail and what it could mean for the rest of the country.

Presentation by Michael Rouse, VP for Philanthropy and Community Affairs, Toyota

2012 Toyota 100 Cars for Good


Michael Rouse
Michael Rouse is vice president, Diversity, Philanthropy and Community Affairs for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.  He is responsible for corporate diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, community relations, department strategic and long-range planning, the Toyota Vehicle Museum, and the Toyota Video Production Center.  Specifically, Rouse’s philanthropic responsibilities include the oversight of Toyota’s key national  programs focusing on education, the environment and safety including: the Toyota International Teacher program, a professional development, overseas study program for secondary school educators; Toyota Driving Expectations, a safe-driving program aimed at young teen drivers and their parents; significant scholarship program support for organizations such as UNCF, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the American Indian College Fund.  Also he is responsible for Toyota’s very successful social media-based 100 Cars for Good initiative.  Additionally, he manages the company’s diversity and inclusion staff which focuses on internal development, business partnering groups, diversifying the dealer organization for Toyota and Lexus, and ensuring accountability for diversity and inclusion among all of the officers of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

Rouse earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.