Joel Espino is environmental equity legal counsel at The Greenlining Institute, a racial justice non-profit based in Oakland, California.
Joel Espino is environmental equity legal counsel at The Greenlining Institute, a racial justice non-profit based in Oakland, California. He works to reduce poverty and pollution in communities of color by advocating for accessible, affordable and clean transportation choices and a diverse clean energy economy. He leads Greenlining’s transportation equity work advocating to increase racial equity in transportation planning and investments; implementing the Charge Ahead California Initiative, a law that works to make electric vehicles (EV) accessible to low- and moderate-income Californians; and advocating for equitable EV charging infrastructure investments at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and within the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement. Espino has authored multiple reports, blogs, and op-eds on equity in electric mobility. Espino graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, a minor in justice studies, and a certificate in ethics. He earned his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a 2016 GreenBiz 30 Under 30.