John Hultgren


John currently works as an Enforcement Attorney for the Superfund program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - New England office. John served as an Honors Attorney Fellow at EPA for two years before his current position.

In 1995, John received a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Oberlin College in politics and environmental studies. In 2006, John graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, where he focused on environmental and land use law.

Before law school, John served as Deputy Director of the Community Preservation Initiative in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA). Within two years, John helped to manage the completion and presentation of buildout maps and analyses for all 351 Massachusetts communities. John and the Community Preservation team presented these analyses, which show maximum development according to current zoning, in 26 regional summits to raise interest in planning issues. In part due to the efforts of the Initiative, Massachusetts passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA), enabling legislation that allows communities to raise money and receive state matching money for community-chosen priorites for open space protection, historic preservation and affordable housing. As of spring 2005, 100 communities have passed the CPA.

Before EOEA, John worked in Washington, D.C. for two years as the key researcher and writer during the founding years of Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a fiscal watchdog against wasteful federal spending. Among other assignments at TCS, John worked on TCS's first issue of the Green Scissors report,an annual report identifying wasteful federal spending that harms the environment.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, outside of work John may be found in the backcountry of the White Mountains, or on his bicycle on New England’s back roads.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Northeastern University, JD
Current Position:
Enforcement Attorney
Environmental Policy & Law
73 Nashoba Road
Concord, MA 01742

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