Dr. Mildred McClain, who is also known as Mama Bahati, is a Distinguished Fellow for Movement Elders at Groundswell. Dr. McClain is a 50-year veteran of the People’s Movement for Justice and Self-Determination worldwide.

She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Harambee House / Citizens for Environmental Justice, which she founded the organization in 1990. She has worked in the fields of education, community development, public health, environmental justice, and people’s liberation struggles for over 50 years. She has championed youth leadership development through the Black Youth Leadership Development Institute (BYLDI) since 1988, where more than 3,000 young people have been trained and put to work for their people.

Considered an Environmental Justice pioneer, Dr. McClain has engaged with communities all over the world, assisting in building their capacity to speak for themselves and participate substantively in decision-making processes that impact their daily lives. For 30 years, she has fought for environmental justice in marginalized and disenfranchised communities throughout the United States. Dr. McClain has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the plight of people of color who live near nuclear weapons production sites and address the impact of radiation. She is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts—Boston.

Dr. McClain is a devout believer and a staunch Pan-Africanist. She has been serving God since the age of 12, when she was baptized at Second Arnold Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. She has studied meditation, healing arts, Tai Chi, yoga, and African Spiritual practices since 1969. She is a mother, grandma, great-grandma, and godmother.