EJ Toppin is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. As a Summer Fellow at the Haas Institute, he is engaged in efforts to address housing affordability and the issue of displacement in Richmond, California as well as Greater Detroit, Michigan's water contamination and infrastructure crisis. Prior to returning to school for graduate studies, EJ worked as a legislative aide on environment, agriculture, and energy issues in the United States Senate. EJ is originally from Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010.