Jeffry Fowley is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School and also has a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was a clerk for the late Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Following brief work at major law firms, he joined the EPA-Region I (Boston office) in 1980. From 1982 to 1995, he was the chief of the water section in the then combined legal and enforcement office. From 1985 to 1995, he was the lead EPA attorney in the Boston Harbor cleanup litigation. After the reorganization of the Region and division of the legal offices in 1995, he worked in the Office of Regional Counsel as the attorney handling RCRA (hazardous waste) counseling matters, including in particular state authorization matters (i.e., reviews of state programs in the six New England states). He also handled a major Superfund case, and matters relating to TSCA, EPCRA, the Clean Air Act, and grants and general law. He retired from the EPA in January 2017 just prior to the start of a (particular) new Administration.
In addition to his EPA work, Jeffry was assigned for a year to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Massachusetts, where he handled a range of civil litigation matters. Also, Jeffry took a four month leave of absence from EPA to work in the legal-environmental office of the Polaroid Corporation, gaining a better understanding of the "other side." In addition, Jeffry has done adjunct teaching before at Boston College – including in the environmental studies program as well as at the law school. He previously taught at Northeastern Law School, at the Tufts University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco (where he developed and taught a course on Brownfields during a summer session).