Elisabeth Epps

Colorado House of Representatives, District 6

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Biography

Elisabeth Epps, JD, is a mother, community organizer, civil rights leader, and abolitionist who founded and serves as Executive Director of Colorado Freedom Fund. For years she has inspired, shaped, championed, and helped pass critical legislation focused on liberty, justice, and equity in Colorado.

Born and raised in a Black family in the American South, Elisabeth grew up surrounded by love, but also pain. Elisabeth’s mother died of breast cancer at age 33, when Elisabeth was just 9. Her father, now retired, was a 29-year AFA-CWA union member. Elisabeth attended a dozen schools before 12th grade when she became a single parent herself at age 16.

Elisabeth has worked and volunteered on many issue-based and candidate campaigns since childhood. Video of her at age 12 debating the death penalty, and letters to the editor she wrote at age 14, foreshadowed the activist she would become. She’s worked for Democrats in 4 states, including as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and a field organizer for Colorado Democratic Party working to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, her first job in Colorado was with the Colorado State Public Defender. After a brief challenging period of housing insecurity, during which her family lived in a coworker’s basement and in motels, Elisabeth, her son, and their ancient dog Carter eventually made their home in Denver, where her son graduated as a scholar and athlete from Denver East High School.

In 2018 Elisabeth founded Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF), which works to end wealth-based detention through legislation, litigation and direct action. From 2018-2021 Elisabeth worked with ACLU of Colorado as first its Pretrial Justice Organizer and then a Smart Justice Organizer. Elisabeth helped create the Bring Our Neighbors Home campaign and worked on criminal legal issues like supporting the repeal of Colorado’s death penalty, and advocating for clemency through the Redemption campaign.

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