Maiyim moved to Boston to help with her granddaughter after years in Japan, and not long after decided to step away from her profession as a Japanese translator to give more of her time to climate activism. It didn’t take long to run into Grady and friends at a presentation at the Brookline Senior Center and she immediately became involved with Elders Climate Action, which really fits with this phase of her life, working with people who are more or less retired but still very concerned with underlying issues, and who have time, energy and expertise to give to social activism.
A plant lover, gardener and tree hugger since birth, she was exposed to the ecology movement early at Washington University in St.Louis where Barry Commoner was a professor. From organics and food sustainability issues, she moved into the underlying problem of climate change.
“There was so much to learn I felt really overwhelmed when I was invited into our leadership team who have real experience in science, engineering, law – some of the many areas that intersect in environmental justice. I’m no expert myself, but I’ve learned so much working with this group, and trust the expertise they bring. I’m more of a network weaver and love building this movement, one person at a time, and helping folks find the spot where they fit and want to contribute to our work.”
Maiyim still interprets in Japanese, bridging American and Japanese cultures and maybe bringing a bit of perspective from the Asian side of the world.
Arnie is a member of the leadership team of the Mass Chapter of Elders Climate Action where his focus is translating knowledge of climate change into action.
Arnie is a resident of Stow Mass where he is the town Energy Manager and Green Communities coordinator as well the representative to the board of Stow’s municipal utility
Arnie is a graduate of MIT with degrees in electrical engineering and physics. Arnie’s career was in computer systems but his passion is clean energy, energy efficiency, and combating climate change. During the summer Arnie resides in an off-grid cottage powered by solar.
Rick Lent has spent the last 25 years facilitating meetings around the world for such organizations as the World Food Programme, USAID, UNICEF, the WK Kellogg Foundation and the International Red Cross along with dozens of local community and nonprofit groups. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in education and organizational change. Rick lives and gardens in Stow.
Roger is recently retired from UMass Medical School where he served as professor of family medicine and community health and was involved in delivering primary care, teaching, and research on cancer screening. He joined ECA 9 months ago and has been active on the legislative and research teams.
Diane edits the ECA Massachusetts newsletter and assists with other chapter communications. She joined ECA in 2019 after attending the Climate Strike and deciding it was time to become a serious climate activist. Diane brings a lifelong passion for environmental issues and diverse skills honed in parenting and a varied career path.
Diane ultimately left the practice of law and put her environmental work on pause to combine her legal, research and writing skills with interests in history and genealogy. She authored award-winning books and articles about colonial New England and historical court records, and in 2009 became a professional genealogist. She is not quite retired and juggles her genealogy business and climate work from her home office in Arlington.
Grady McGonagill, Ed.D.
Grady is the founder of the Massachusetts chapter of Elders Climate Action. For thirty years, Grady was Principal of McGonagill-Consulting, with clients in the business, government, and social sectors world-wide. For example, he consulted to over a dozen offices of McKinsey & Co. in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia.
In 2013 Grady felt called to help build a movement to address climate change. In addition to his work for ECA, he provides coaching and consulting to the grass-roots advocacy organization The Better Future Project. He is also an active member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Grady described the evolution of his commitment to climate change in a letter to his daughter stimulated by ECA’s partner organization, Dear Tomorrow.
Grady holds a doctorate from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He is a contributor to the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, edited by Peter Senge et al. (New York: Doubleday, 1994), the author of “The Coach as Reflective Practitioner,” in Executive Coaching, edited by C. Fitzgerald and J. Berger (San Francisco: Davies Black Publishing, 2002), and the author (with Tina Doerffer) of Leadership and Web 2.0: Leadership Implications of the Evolving Web. Guetersloh, Germany: Bertelsmann Verlag, 2011.