Christina Oatfield

Policy Director

christina@theselc.org

   

Christina works with a diverse array of stakeholders to propose and advocate for laws that enable more sustainable, local, and just economies. She played leadership roles in support of the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616), a cottage food law for California, the Neighborhood Food Act (AB 2561), and the Worker Cooperative Corporation Act (AB 816) among other legislation listed below. Christina contributes to SELC's publications and educational events related to food and financing and consults community groups around the nation on policy advocacy. In addition to her work at Sustainable Economies Law Center, Christina is pursuing an attorney license as part of the Law Office Study Program of the State Bar of California, which is an alternative to law school for aspiring attorneys seeking experiential learning.

Prior to working for SELC, Christina identified insects in an agroecology lab at UC Berkeley, managed a green retail store in San Francisco, and ran an underground restaurant out of her home. Christina earned a B.S. in Environmental Sciences at UC Berkeley where she wrote a thesis about student-run food cooperatives, directed the Sustainability Team student group, and served in student government. During her time as a student she also lived in and served on the board of the Berkeley Student Cooperative, the independent affordable housing organization. She also co-founded the Berkeley Student Food Collective, a nonprofit, member-led organization that operates a grocery store and organizes educational programs around food systems issues. Christina was born and raised in San Francisco, California.

 

Roles at SELC

Program Areas

  • Co-Lead: Food

  • Support: Grassroots Finance

  • Support: Farmland

 

California Legislation

  • AB 1616 (Gatto), the California Homemade Food Act, California “cottage food law” (signed into law in 2012)

  • AB 2561 (Bradford), the Neighborhood Food Act, provides rights to grow food to tenants and homeowners in HOAs (signed into law in 2014)

  • AB 569 (Chau), a bill to facilitate affordable housing cooperatives (signed into law in 2014)

  • AB 816 (Bonta), Worker Cooperative Corporation Act (signed into law in 2015)

  • AB 2751 (Brown), the Local Economies Securities Act, opening up opportunities for ordinary individuals to invest in small businesses, farms, and community-owned renewable energy enterprises (withdrawn in 2016)
  • AB 1810 (Levine), the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, to facilitate seed saving and sharing (currently pending)

Publications

  • LikeLincoln.org blog posts here and here

Personal Interests

  • Kale salad

  • Chocolate

  • Dogs

  • Fabric and sewing

  • Resisting car culture

Education and Training

  • B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of California at Berkeley

  • Law Office Study Program, State Bar of California, in progress

 

 

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