Vice Chair, The Commonwealth Institute
June Rokoff is a Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to helping women CEO’s, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives build successful companies.
Rokoff has recently been a consultant specializing in coaching high technology management. As Senior Vice President of Lotus’ Worldwide Services Group until December 1995, Rokoff had worldwide responsibility for the company’s service businesses, including consulting services, education and training, and the Lotus Institute. While in this position, approximately 1,200 people reported to her.
Rokoff joined Lotus in 1986 as director of development for the Information Services Group when Isys Corporation, of which she was Chief Operating Officer, was acquired by Lotus. Isys developed financial applications and databases for personal computers. She held several executive positions at Lotus, including General Manager of Lotus’ Workstation Products Group and General Manager of Lotus 1-2-3 Release 3. She was promoted to Vice President of the Graphics and Information Management Division in 1989 and to Senior Vice President in 1991. In 1993, she became Senior Vice President of the Software Business Group, and in conjunction with John Landry, co-managed all product development at Lotus. Before Isys, she was at Data Resources/McGraw Hill for thirteen years; in her last position there, she was VP of Development.
Rokoff was profiled in a NY Times article in 1994 which referred to her as ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘St June.’ She was identified in the June 8, 1992 edition of Business Week as one of the top women executives in the United States. She was the 1992 New England Women’s Leadership Award Recipient for achievement in business. In 1998, Rokoff was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA.
Rokoff has served on two high technology public company boards, Mathsoft and NewsEdge, and the Advisory Board for SBLI USA. She has also served on a number of nonprofit boards including The Partnership an organization whose mission is to help retain professionals of color in the Boston area, the Executive Board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, and the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 1994 and 1995, she chaired The New England Women’s Leadership Awards, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club and focuses public attention on the achievements of women, and has served as Honorary Chair of this event for a number of years.
Rokoff earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York in Albany. In 1994 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley College. She has delivered commencement addresses at Bentley College, Simmons Graduate School of Management and Boston University MetropolitanCollege and is a frequent speaker at local colleges and businesses. Rokoff has been married for 42 years and has three children.