Equity Subcommittee

The Equity Subcommittee of the Maine Climate Council will support ongoing planning and implementation of the state’s climate strategies to ensure shared benefits across diverse populations in Maine.

Co-chairs of the Subcommittee are Ambassador Maulian Dana of the Penobscot Nation and Dr. Gabriela Alcalde of the Sewall Foundation. A full membership list is below. Meetings and agenda for the subcommittee will be posted here and on the state's public meeting calendar

The subcommittee will build upon a groundbreaking equity analysis of the Maine Climate Council’s climate strategies that took place during the summer of 2020. That analysis, by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine, placed an equity lens on the four-year climate action plan, but also identified the need for further focus on ensuring climate equity in Maine as the state seeks to implement climate mitigation and adaptation programs.

February 2022 Update

Over the past 11 months, the Equity Subcommittee has met to discuss Maine Won’t Wait, the state’s four-year climate action plan, and to develop interim recommendations for ensuring that all Mainers can benefit from climate action. In January 2022, the Equity Subcommittee adopted its interim recommendations for report to the Maine Climate Council.

The subcommittee's final interim report is available here (PDF). Recommendations reflect feedback received at the subcommittee's public meetings and in writing; and are contextualized with examples from Maine and elsewhere.

More information about the draft equity recommendations and their consideration by other Climate Council working groups and subcommittees over the remainder of this year was given at the March 25, 2022 Climate Council Equity Report Briefing

 


Subcommittee Membership

Co-chairs

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Ambassador Maulian Dana

Ambassador Maulian Dana was appointed by Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis in September 2017. As Ambassador, Ms. Dana is responsible to act as a representative of the Penobscot Nation and to serve as a liaison for the Nation at the local, state and federal levels of government in order to educate and advocate for policy and laws that impact and protect the Penobscot Nation’s sovereignty, culture, natural resources and the general welfare of the Penobscot people.

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Gabriela Alcalde

Gabriela Alcalde is a public health leader with 20+ years of experience and commitment to equity and social justice. Gabriela joined the team of the Sewall Foundation as Executive Director in the summer of 2019 and in this capacity leads the integration of environmental, human and animal health and welfare as the foundation works to center equity and community voices in all of their work and strategies. Prior to joining the Sewall Foundation, Gabriela served as the first Managing Director for Equity and Health at Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) and as Vice-President for Policy and Program at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Gabriela has worked in the philanthropic, academic, government, nonprofit and grassroots sectors throughout her career and served in various volunteer capacities to promote equity.

Maine Legislators
Senator Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop
Senator Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Androscoggin
Representative Tom Martin, R-Greene
Representative Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland
 
Members
Becca Boulos, Maine Public Health Association; Maine Climate Council Community Resilience Planning, Public Health, and Emergency Management Working Group
Curt Brown, Ready Seafood
Shanna Cox, Lewiston Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Lesley Fernow, Central Hall Commons
Steve Golieb, Maine Climate Council; Town Councilor for the Town of Millinocket
Honorable Craig Hickman, Former Maine State Representative; Owner of Annabessacook Farm
Corey Hinton, Drummond Woodsum
Amara Ifeji, Maine Environmental Education Association
Melissa Law, Maine Climate Council; Owner of Bumbleroot Organic Farm
Suzanne MacDonald, Island Institute
Matt Marks, Maine Climate Council; Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Maine
Gabe McPhail, Community Resilience Consultant, Vinalhaven
Fortunat Mueller, Revision Energy
Jason Parent, Aroostook County Action Program
Ambureen Rana, Maine Equal Justice
Darren Ranco, University of Maine
Isaiah Reid, University of Maine at Farmington Student; Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations
Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine
Matt Schlobohm, Maine Climate Council; Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO
Adelaide Taylor, Revision Energy
Claudette Townsend, Dead River
Ania Wright, Maine Climate Council Representative of Maine Youth; Sierra Club Maine