Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond serves as the Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel AME Church in Boston and as a fellow with the Green Justice Coalition, a partnership of environmental justice groups. From 2001-2014 she was the Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power). At PHH, she used the arts to help young people to find their voice and create artistic pieces on issues ranging from juvenile incarceration to funding for public transportation. They performed throughout Greater Boston in camps, homeless shelters, senior citizens homes and public transit stations as well as for leaders like the mayor and governor. In June 2014, she stepped down as

Executive Director to focus on her work in the church. In April 2016, she was ordained inthe African Methodist Episcopal Church and in May 2017 she graduated fromBoston University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity.

Rev. Mariama is very committed to engaging the faith community on social justice issues, and particularly Black churches on ecological justice. She speaks throughout the country and serves on a number of boards and committees including the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Union Capital Boston and the Moral Movement Massachusetts. In 2017 she was the MC for both the Boston Women’s March and the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization. Rev. Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, and the Boston NAACP Image Award.

Mindy S. Lubber JD, MBA

Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability, a group of 130 institutional investors managing over $17 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies.

Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. 

In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.

Rep. Patricia A. Haddad

Patricia A. Haddad is Speaker Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the people of Dighton, Somerset, Swansea and Taunton. A member of the House since 2000, she has served on a variety of committees including Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Health Care, Medicaid, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Rules, Ethics and Ways and Means. Haddad served two terms as Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education and prior to her recent appointment as Speaker Pro Tempore, she was Assistant Majority Whip. 

Prior to her career in government, Pat was a health and physical education teacher in her native town of Somerset where she also served on the Recreation Commission and School Committee. She is a member of the South Coast Development Partnership Steering Committee, Advisory Committee of the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth Center for Policy and The Neighborhood Corporation of Taunton.

During her tenure in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, she has undertaken a number of assignments including the legislative Commission on Public Housing, Special Task Force on the Economy and Economic Development, Legislative Commission on Middle Level Education and the Council of State Governments/Eastern Region Committee on Energy and the Environment.

She has been honored by many groups and organizations which include the Women of Achievement Award from the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant, Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Teacher-Leader Award from the reading Recovery Council of Massachusetts, Mass Bio-Ed Award from the Massachusetts Bio-education Association, Public Service  Award from the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 approved Schools and most recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an Honarary Doctorate in Public Service from her alma mater, Bridgewater State University.

Pat is married with two adult children and resides in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Senator Patricia Jehlen

Senator Patricia Jehlen was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2005. She represents the Second Middlesex district, which includes Medford, Somerville, and parts of Winchester and Cambridge. She currently serves as Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Chair of the Special Senate Subcommittee on Education, Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, and Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Her top legislative priorities are equitable and excellent education, universal and affordable health care, and jobs with decent wages and benefits, including earned sick time. 

In the area of elder services, her priority is to ensure that seniors of all income levels can find housing and services that meet their needs, whether in the community or in institutions.

 Senator Jehlen lives in Somerville with her husband, Alain. She has three children and two grandchildren. She is a former history teacher and VISTA volunteer and holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard University. She served on the Somerville School Committee for 16 years, and served for 15 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.