Janelle Orsi - Executive Director & Co-Founder

Janelle Orsi, Attorney at Law, SELC Co-Founder

Janelle is Sustainable Economies Law Center's chief visionary, continually developing ideas and strategies for stronger, more resilient economies. She provides guidance and support to each program circle and leads the Legal Profession in the New Economy program. She is also the Cartoonist-in-Chief, and her works can be found here and all over our website. And check out her book: Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012).  

Program Areas

  • Lead: Legal Profession in the New Economy
  • Co-Lead: Commons Governance
  • Co-Lead: Money & Finance
  • Support: Grassroots Finance
  • Support: Cooperatives
  • Support: Resilient Communities Legal Cafe
  • Support: Policy
  • Support: Community Renewable Energy
  • Support: Fellowship Program
  • Support: Law Center Incubator Program

 

 

Operations Areas:                                    

  • Support: Grants 
  • Support: Administrative
  • Support: Internal Resilience 
  • Support: Financial

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about Janelle: theselc.org/janelle_orsi


Neil Thapar - Food and Farm Attorney

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Neil leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Farmland and Food Programs. He is passionate about building collective power to recreate a healthy, just, and resilient food system. Neil’s definition of happiness is watching the sun rise over the city from a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean.

Program Areas:                                           

  • Lead: Farmland
  • Lead: Food
  • Support: Water
 

 

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Administrative
  • Support: Internal Resilience 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Neil at neil@theselc.org

More about Neil: theselc.org/neil_thapar 


Christina Oatfield - Policy Director

Christina Oatfield, Policy Director, Legal Apprentice

Christina is a leader of Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Food Program and she supports the Grassroots Finance Program. She also leads California state legislative campaigns in a variety of issue areas. While she is not yet licensed to practice law, her areas of expertise include food safety laws, agricultural laws, securities laws, and cooperative and nonprofit corporations.

Program Areas:

  • Co-Lead: Food
  • Support: Grassroots Finance
  • Support: Farmland
 

 

 

 

Contact Christina at Christina@theSELC.org 

More about Christina: theselc.org/christina_oatfield 


Cameron Rhudy - Staff Attorney

Meet our newest member! Rhudy! Rhudy! Rhudy! CAMERON RHUDY!

Cameron leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Fellowship Program, which supports lawyers building resilient local economies. She also provides legal support to the Grassroots Finance Program and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe Program.

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Fellowship Program
  • Support: Grassroots Finance                         
  • Support: Legal Cafe
 

 

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Nonprofit Administration

 

 

 

 

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Contact Cameron at cameron@theselc.org 

More about Cameron: theselc.org/cameron_rhudy


Yassi Eskandari-Qajar - Policy Director

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, Legal Apprentice, City Policies Director, Community Currencies Program Director

Yassi leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s city and regional policy work, identifying municipal-level barriers to our vision and producing policy solutions that cultivate community resilience and economic empowerment. Yassi's primary areas of work are cooperatives, energy, transportation, housing, and food. 

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Policy
  • Support: Community Renewable Energy         
  • Support: Housing
  • Support: Food
  • Support: Legal Profession
  • Support: Cooperatives
  • Support: Water

 

 

  Operations Areas:

  • Support: Organizational Abundance

 

 

 

 

Contact Yassi at  yassi@theselc.org 

More about Yassi: theselc.org/yassi_eskandari 


Ricardo Samir Nuñez - Director of Economic Democracy

Ricardo Samir Nuñez, Cooperatives Program Director, Legal Apprentice

Ricardo coordinates Sustainable Economies Law Center’s education, research, advocacy, and advice for equitable, democratic enterprises as the center's Cooperatives Program Director. Programs and projects include the Worker Coop Academy, Co-opLaw.org, policy advocacy at the regional and state level, building a cooperative support ecosystem, and much more! Previously, Ricardo worked for the Peace Corps in Zambia and then with Our Place Housing Solutions coordinating homeless rehousing and eviction prevention services in southern Los Angeles county. Ricardo enjoys bodyboarding, cycling, traveling, and the ocean breeze. He is deeply committed to family, friends, and community.

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Cooperatives
  • Support: Resilient Communities Legal Cafe
  • Support: Legal Profession in the New Economy
 

 

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Communications
  • Support: Organizational Abundance
  • Support: Internal Resilience

 

 

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Contact Ricardo at ricardo@theselc.org

More about Ricardo: theselc.org/ricardo_nunez 


Chris Tittle - Director of Organizational Resilience

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Chris co-leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing, Commons Governance, and Money & Finance Programs, and coordinates to the center's grant writing, grassroots fundraising, and internal governance. He is particularly focused on participatory and polycentric governance structures for more just and resilient economies. He practices Aikido, is committed to racial justice, and once traveled from Japan to West Africa by land and sea.

Program Areas: 

  • Co-Lead: Housing
  • Co-Lead: Commons Governance                            
  • Co-Lead: Money & Finance
  • Support: Farmland
  • Support: Water
  • Support: Incubator Circle

Operations Areas:

  • Lead: Internal Resilience
  • Lead: Grants
  • Support: Grassroots Fundraising
  • Support: Financial Accountability
  • Support: Communications 

Contact Chris at chris@theselc.org

More about Chris: theselc.org/chris_tittle 


Eunice Kwon - Director of Community Engagement

Eunice Kwon - Chief Operations Officer

Eunice leads the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe program. She also leads the Communications circle and is working to communicate the Law Center's work effectively to a broad audience. She loves a good tomato. 

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Resilient Communities Legal Cafe                 
  • SupportPolicy

 

  

Operations Areas:

  • Lead: Communications
  • Lead: Financial Accountability
  • Lead: Organizational Abundance
  • Lead: Administration

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Contact Eunice at eunice@theselc.org

More about Eunice at: theSELC.org/eunice


Sara Stephens - Housing and Cooperatives Attorney

Sara Stephens, Staff Attorney

Sara leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing Program and contributes legal support to the Cooperatives and City Policies programs. She is committed to supporting community-led solutions to housing and economic inequity. She also likes running and gluten-free baking.

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Housing
  • Support: Cooperatives                                        
  • Support: City Policies

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Financial Accountability
  • Support: Grants
  • Support: Administration

 


Contact Sara at sara@theselc.org

More about Sara at: theselc.org/sara_stephens


Subin Varghese - Community Renewable Energy Director

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Subin leads the Community Renewable Energy Program, working to ensure that it is primarily communities, nonprofits, cooperatives, and households -- not large utilities -- that will own and control energy infrastructure as society transitions to renewable energy.

Program Areas: 

  • Lead: Community Renewable Energy                   
  • Support: Grassroots Finance

 

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Communications

   

 

Contact Subin at subin@theselc.org 

More about Subin at: theselc.org/Subin_Varghese


Elizabeth Burnett - Staff Attorney

Elizabeth Burnett, Funding Development Consultant

Elizabeth focuses on funding development and strategic partnership outreach for Sustainable Economies Law Center in order to expand the breadth and types of community support for the Law Center as it grows and expands programs for community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. Elizabeth also provides legal support to the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe Program.

Program Areas: 

  • Support: Legal Cafe                                          

 

Operations Areas:

  • Support: Grants 
  • Support: Abundance Circle

 


Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theselc.org

More about Elizabeth:theselc.org/elizabeth_burnett


Sue Bennett - Director of Operations & Miscellaneous Stuff

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Sue ensures the organization's office space and internal operations contribute to the wellbeing of staff and the effectiveness of the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s programs.

Sue has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of program and administrative roles. When not reading a book, she is searching for a camping spot near the ocean or in a forest. 

 

Program Areas

  • Support: Worker Self Directed Nonprofits
  • Support: Farmland
  • Support: Incubation Circle
  • Support: Food

 

 

Operations Areas:                                    

  • Lead: Administrative
  • Support: Internal Resilience 
  • Support: Abundance

 

 

    

Contact Sue at sue@theselc.org

More about Sue: theselc.org/sue_bennett


Van Dell - Financial Operations Director

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Van leads the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Financial Accountability Circle. They also coordinate and co-host the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, a legal clinic that provides direct legal support to individuals and groups working to create more resilient economies.

Van can be referred to as the comrade bookkeeper and Admin, providing services for collectives in their political circles. They are also committed to bridging communities to build up knowledge-creating and knowledge-sharing capacity. Van aims to integrate into the Center's programmatic areas and sees the importance of the Center’s current work and future role in supporting frontline communities and organizers.
 

Program Areas

  • Support: Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

 

 

Operations Areas:                                    

  • Lead: Financial Accountability
  • Support: Administrative 
  • Support: Abundance

 

    

Contact Van at van@theselc.org

More about Van: theselc.org/van_dell 


Charlotte Tsui - Skadden Fellow

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Charlotte is a Skadden Fellow with the Center's Cooperatives programs. Her fellowship work is focused on creating an incubator for immigrant worker-owned businesses, particularly those from the domestic work sector and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Charlotte also provides support to the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe Program. 

Program Areas

  • Support: Cooperatives
  • Support: Food
  • Support: Housing
  • Support: Policy

 


  

 

   

Contact Charlotte at charlotte@theselc.org

More about Charlotte: theselc.org/charlotte_tsui


Simon Mont - Organizational Design Fellow

Simon is supporting the Worker Co-op and Grassroots Finance Programs.  His main focus is on increasing our collective capacity to embody democracy, liberation, and empowerment in our organizations while maintaining efficiency and effectiveness. He also supports the Center’s Internal Resilience Circle. 

Program Areas

  • Support: Cooperatives
  • Support: Grassroots Finance
  • Support: Worker Self Directed Nonprofits

 

 

Operations Areas:                                    

  • Support: Internal Resilience 

 

 

   

Contact Simon at simon@theselc.org

More about Simon: theselc.org/simon_mont


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