Yassi leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s city and regional policy work, identifying municipal-level barriers to SELC’s work and producing policy solutions that support community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. For the past two years, she has been particularly focused on the legal barriers to the grassroots sharing economy, including shared transportation, shared housing, urban food systems, and complementary forms of exchange. As the sharing economy has become increasingly popular, her advocacy and voice around the issue has been geared toward bringing the term back to its roots in community interdependence. SELC defines the sharing economy as the systems, organizations, and projects that share ownership, governance, risk, wealth, and knowledge. Therefore, our legal resources and policy advocacy aim to remove legal barriers and support these efforts.
Yassi holds a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in City & Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley (’11). While a student, she received numerous leadership awards and co-founded and served on the board of UC Berkeley’s first student-run food collective. Today, Yassi is enrolled in the California State Bar's Law Office Study Program, which will enable her to become a lawyer without going to law school. Once a licensed attorney, Yassi intends to remain active in local and regional policy change and advise clients who are shifting our food, housing, land, energy, and labor systems toward resilience, justice, and equity.
Roles at SELC
- Oakland Climate Action Coalition: SELC representative, Chair of the Oakland Priority Conservation Areas Committee, Member of the Resilience & Adaptation Committee.
- Berkeley Student Food Collective Co-founding member (2009-2011) and active member of the Advisory Board.
- California SB 43 Green Tariff Shared Renewables regulatory proceeding: Party to the CA Public Utilities Commission's regulatory proceeding with the purpose of ensuring that small-scale, community-based and community-owned projects are prioritized.
Conferences and Presentations
- Sharing Economy, Sharing Cities. Fordham Law School. April 24, 2015.
- "Local Government In A Brave New World: Law Enforcement, Code Enforcement, And Public Agency Liability." Municipal Law Symposium. Chapman University Law School. February 27, 2015.
- "Policies for Shareable Cities: How to Catalyze Just and Resilient Local Economies." Transition US. December 9, 2014.
- SHARE Conference. "Sharing Economy and Local Government." Peers and SOCAP. May 13-14, 2014.
- "Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy." EPA West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum. January 15, 2014.
- Policy Recommendations for Equitable Short-Term Rental Regulation (forthcoming 2016)
- Contribution to The Economics of Sustainable Construction (2014)
- Policies for Shareable Cities: A Primer for Urban Leaders (2013)
Education and Training
- Legal Apprentice - Third year apprentice in the California State Bar's Law Office Studies Program (2017 expected completion)
- Bachelors of Science, Conservation & Resources Studies, University of California Berkeley (2011)
- Permaculture Design Certificate (2012)
- Exploring cities on foot
- Hiking and backpacking
- Experimenting in my garden
- Cooking from scratch