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 (SELC), a collectively-run nonprofit in Oakland, CA that supports communities to create and control their own sources of housing, food, energy, and livelihoods. He focuses on democratic governance for more just and resilient economies, and co-leads SELC’s Housing, Commons Governance, and Money & Finance Programs, and contributes to the Farmland and Water Programs. He also stewards much of SELC's internal resilience, 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 law apprentice, 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 in Oakland, serves on the Stewardship Council of the UC Gill Tract Community Farm, 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 SELC

Program Areas


Co-Lead: Housing Program

Co-Lead: Commons Governance

Co-Lead: Money & Finance 

Support: Food Program

Support:Farmland Program

Support: Water Program 

Operations Areas


Lead: Internal Resilience

Lead: Grants

Lead: Organizational Abundance

Support: Communications

Support: Financial Accountability


Other Projects




Personal Interests

  • Aikido

  • Cycling

  • Urban Farming

  • Direct Action

  • Group Process

  • Trees

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