Staff

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Carol Oldham, Executive Director, Boston

Carol joined MCAN in 2014 after nearly a decade of working on climate for national environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation. She has managed regional campaigns, staff, and consultants and has focused on influencing federal climate change policy and increasing our use of clean energy from the pueblos of New Mexico to the towns and cities of New England. With her strong background in grassroots organizing and a history of working with communities to make positive change, she was drawn to MCAN's town-based climate organizing model. Carol holds an MBA in policy and planning from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from Bennington College. Email at: carololdham@massclimateaction.net 

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Oriana Reilly, Municipal Light Plant Program Coordinator, Boston

Oriana joined MCAN in 2017 as a fellow with the Quaker Voluntary Service program. Before MCAN she completed her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the New College of Florida. While in college, Oriana worked as Sustainability Coordinator at Rollins College, maintaining the free bike share and reusable bag share programs. She also served as community engagement coordinator of the environmental club, Eco-Rollins, where she tended the sustainability house garden and coordinated volunteer trips focused on plastics clean up and fleet farming. Because she sees climate change as a fundamentally social and political problem, she is excited to be working at the local level to realize the effectiveness that a group of thoughtful, engaged community members can have in their town and world. Email at: orianareilly@massclimateaction.net 

Rebecca Winterich-Knox, Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow, Boston

Rebecca joined MCAN in the fall of 2018 as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow. Rebecca’s passion for social justice and grassroots organizing stems from her involvement with community service while a student at Wellesley College. In college, Rebecca served local communities by directing an afterschool program for elementary schoolers in South Boston, and by canvassing with the Wellesley College Democrats. Her senior year, she conducted research on the environmental impacts of a man-made pond system on campus, a project that sparked her interest in clean energy and climate change activism. This year, Rebecca is excited to join MCAN’s fight for environmental justice as a grassroots organizer. Email at: rebecca@massclimateaction.net

 

  

 

 

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 Ted McIntyre, Board President, Franklin 

Ted McIntyre has been a member of MCAN since 2003, and helped establish the Franklin Area Climate Team. His grassroots activities include numerous educational presentations on global warming to diverse audiences. Ted is also a physicist, and is currently working to develop advanced equipment for use in the manufacture of computer chips. He holds seven patents and has authored more than twenty technical publications. He lives in Franklin with his wife and son.  

  

unnamed.png  Janet Hartke Bowser, Vice President, Dover

Janet is an environmental attorney with over 30 years of experience working with federal, state and local government and nonprofits on a wide range of environmental law, policy and regulatory issues including climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural resources protection, clean energy, toxics reduction and sustainable land use and smart growth. Janet served as Director of the Town of Wellesley Natural Resources Department for over 16 years and previously was Director of the Needham Conservation Dept., worked with the Mass. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and began her career at the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection.

Janet holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Middlebury College and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law where she was elected President of the Environmental Law Society. She has worked on a wide range of political, community and grassroots campaigns and has served on a number of governmental advisory committees and organizations including the Mass. Municipal Association’s Committee on Energy and the Environment, Vice President of the Mass. League of Environmental Voters, President and Co-Founder of the New England Environmental Law Society and the Dover Conservation Commission. She lives in Dover with her husband and has two grown children.

  

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David Mead-Fox, Ph.D., Treasurer, Newton

David is a recently retired Senior Client Partner in the Education and Non-Profit Practice of Korn/Ferry International.  Previously, David was a Management Consultant and held senior positions with a number of mission-driven non-profit organizations.  David has had a long-standing interest in environmental issues and is looking forward to more active involvement. David holds a Ph.D. in organizational development and change from Boston College and an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. 

 

megan-headshot-150x150.jpgMegan Amundson, Board Member, Somerville

Megan Amundson is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Prior to this position, Megan was the Principal of Megan Amundson Strategies, a political consulting firm focusing on grassroots legislative, electoral, and community relations campaigns. She worked with nonprofit organizations, unions, candidates, and elected officials to build and implement campaign strategies. In 2010, Megan was the Campaign Manager for the Vote No on 2 Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law, a statewide ballot initiative that won by the largest margin of any initiative on the ballot that year. Prior to that she was the Political Director at the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters and the Legislative Director for the Environmental League of Massachusetts. Megan has a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota.

 

davis2011.jpgHenrietta Davis, Board Member, Cambridge 

In over two decades of service to the City of Cambridge, including two years as its Mayor, Henrietta Davis has focused on creating a healthy and livable city, concentrating not only on energy and the environment, but also on pedestrian and bicycling safety, neighborhood preservation, housing, aging in Cambridge, and children's health and education.  Davis made collaboration between the city's universities, businesses and the Cambridge community a hallmark of her term as mayor.  She is now a member of the Cambridge Net Zero Task Force, a municipal advisory committee developing a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions, aiming for zero emissions by 2050 through energy efficiency and generation of renewable energy.  Additionally, she has spoken on sustainability initiatives here and abroad.  Henrietta Davis graduated from the University of Rochester, holds a Master's Degree in Social Planning from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

  soniaHamel.jpgSonia Hamel, Board Member, Arlington 

Sonia serves non-profits, governments and foundations in the areas of climate, energy and transportation policy.  She specializes in work with states to launch successful climate programs and policies. Previously, Sonia served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for nearly 30 years, coordinating air quality, energy and climate protection programs.  Based in the Office for Commonwealth Development, she was the state lead in the development of the highly successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap and trade program for the electric sector.  For nearly four years, Sonia guided the process as one of the three Steering Committee members with primary responsibility for the public stakeholder process, coordination of a multi-state working group and the regional economic analysis.  During that time, she also wrote and developed the first Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan and launched the national Carbon Registry.  Sonia has worked on climate issues since 1994 when she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  The first 12 years of her career was at the Boston Metropolitan Area at the Central Transportation Planning Staff on environmental issues as an urban planner and public participation coordinator.

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Cindy Luppi is the regional co-director for Clean Water Action. She has led Clean Water's climate program for the last 10 years, including the Northeast Clean Power Coalition which successfully pressed for the clean-up of the region's oldest and most polluting power plants. She helped found the New England Climate Coalition, a network of over 300 organizations all pressing the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers for true leadership to combat the climate crisis. Cindy is on a number of energy-related and community boards, and speaks nationally on community-based campaigns.

 

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 Cammy Peterson, Board Member, Cambridge

Cammy Peterson is the director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Clean Energy Department. As Director of the Department, she supervises MAPC’s clean energy work, including local energy planning, regional energy procurements, and local and state energy policy.  Ms. Peterson leads the Energy team’s solar projects, including the Regional Solar Initiative, other solar energy management services projects, solar developer procurement, and solar bylaw design, as well as statewide and municipal governance initiatives. Previously, Ms. Peterson managed the energy, environmental, and transportation policy and legislative portfolios for New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh. She has also worked with the Clean Air Task Force, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy on a range of renewable energy, municipal energy financing, and sustainable development research projects. Ms. Peterson earned a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, where she focused on clean energy and climate policy and planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.

 

AR-CV_picture.jpg Andrea Ranger, Board Member, Somerville

As a member of Somerville Climate Action and as the chair of the city’s Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change, Andrea Ranger has led efforts to promote energy efficiency and clean energy in Somerville for over a decade.  Professionally, she has worked in corporate energy consulting on projects ranging from LEED buildings to assessing clean energy opportunities at Massachusetts’ six military bases.  Prior to her private sector work, Andrea served as the green school buildings program coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education helping to develop the state’s first green design and construction rating system for K-12 public schools.   Her background combines grassroots level advocacy with state policy and program experience, helping to connect MCAN chapters’ efforts with state resources.  Ms. Ranger holds two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Arcadia University.

 maryD2016no3.jpgMary Dewart, Board Member, Brookline 

Mary Dewart is a grass roots organizer connecting people to personal action and partnerships. She was drawn into climate action through her friends, Ross Gelbspan, The Heat is On and Boiling Point and the late Paul Epstein, Changing Planet, Changing Health. Her goals are moving individuals,  communities, Massachusetts and beyond toward 100% renewables and keeping fossil fuels in the ground.  During thirty years of civic engagement she has served as Campaign Coordinator for MCAN’s Climate Action Brookline chapter and is now a board member. With a background in art and public policy, she initiated and collaborated on dozens of projects including Climate Week (starting 2010) now featuring events with leaders from around the state. She also incorporated Climate Week art installations and co-created a giant labyrinth with climate warnings and opportunities at Brookline’s town hall center. She pioneered new ground when she co-founded the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and served as member of both the Park and Recreation Commission and Selectmen’s Climate Action Committee.  She has been an elected Town Meeting member since 1991. The Massachusetts Commission on Women recognized her commitment and work on behalf of Brookline in 2016.


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