Johannes Epke

Staff Attorney CLF Massachusetts

Johannes Epke is a Staff Attorney working in transportation, environmental justice, and climate resilience. Johannes brings his diverse legal, political, and organizing experience to bear to advance CLF’s goals in these areas. Prior to joining CLF, Johannes worked in election reform, and served as general counsel for American Promise in Massachusetts and grassroots organizer for Move to Amend in California and New York. He previously practiced environmental law in California, working in air pollution, energy, and environmental justice.

Johannes has a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. He is licensed to practice in California.

Johannes lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife, their collection of house plants, and the old computers and bicycles he enjoys fixing.

Recent Posts

Representation Matters When It Comes to Transportation Funding
When it comes to investment in transportation infrastructure in this country, communities of color and low-income communities have been overburdened and underserved for decades. Transit policy and planning decisions between the 1950s and 1970s were particularly harmful. The build-out of our national highway system divided neighborhoods and displaced Black, Brown, and low-income communities. It also…
Our Utilities Are Falling Down on Climate. Here’s Why They Need to Step Up.
If you’ve ever watched a person trip and fall, you know there’s an evolution in their response. At first, they probably tried to regain balance by waving their arms around or shifting their feet. But at some point, they realized they were going down and braced for impact. Humans are, collectively, falling down on climate…
How Massachusetts Can Make Things Right in the Merrimack Valley
Two years after gas explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley, Lawrence is still fighting to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of its residents. While Columbia Gas – the company responsible for the explosion that killed a local teenager and disrupted the lives and livelihoods of thousands – will no longer be operating in the area,…


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