Chris Tittle

coop_chris.jpggreatwall.jpgChris Tittle

Director of Organizational Resilience

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Chris is Director of Organizational Resilience at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a democratically-run nonprofit in Oakland, CA supporting communities to create and control their own sustainable sources of housing, food, energy, and livelihoods. He focuses on participatory governance for more just and resilient economies, and co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Money & Finance Programs. He also helps coordinate much of the Law Center's internal governance, grant writing, and grassroots fundraising.


As an advocate of self-directed (and debt-free) education, he is also training to become a lawyer through the California Law Office Study Program, a practice-based alternative to law school. Prior to training as a barefoot lawyer, Chris completed an MA in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College, an international transformative learning center near Totnes, UK. His dissertation explored community-determined responses to climate disruption in the Global South.

Chris also organizes with the Economic Development without Displacement Coalition and Defenders of Mother Earth - Huichin in Oakland, co-founded the Association of Legal Apprentices, serves on the Board of Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice, and facilitates the annual Law and Social Change Jam through YES!, a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers across the world.

He previously worked introducing inner-city youth to non-urban wild landscapes, and environmental educators to inner-city cultural landscapes. He taught English in Japan and explored Islam in Senegal; and in between those two experiences, he traversed 3/4 of the globe by way of rail, sail, foot, and thumb. He earned his BA in Non-Western History with a concentration in Poverty Studies from Washington and Lee University, and his writing can be found on,,, and his blog at

Roles at the Law Center

Program Areas


Co-Lead: Housing Program

Co-Lead: Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits

Co-Lead: Money & Finance 

Support: Energy Program

Support: Farmland Program

Operations Areas


Lead: Internal Resilience

Support: Grassroots Fundraising

Support: Grants

Support: Communications

Support: Financial Accountability


Other Projects




Personal Interests

  • Aikido

  • Cycling

  • Urban Farming

  • Direct Action

  • Radical imagination

  • Trees

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