Yassi directs the Sustainable Economies Law Center's city and regional policy work in the areas of renewable energy, cooperatives, housing, food, and agriculture. She is most excited about her ongoing work to promote local worker cooperative development in Oakland and the broader San Francisco Bay Area. She has co-authored influential publications including Regulating Short-Term Rentals: A Guidebook for Equitable Policy, and Policies for Shareable Cities, a playbook for cities seeking to embrace grassroots sharing economies in the areas of transportation, food, housing, and work.
Yassi holds a Bachelor's in Science in Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in City & Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley. While a Cal student, she received numerous leadership awards and was part of a group of students who started Berkeley’s first student-run food collective. Yassi is currently reading the law to become a lawyer without going to law school. ...She also holds a permaculture design certificate, which she hopes to have more time to use once she's done studying for the bar exam.
Roles at the Law Center
New Economy Coalition: Member of the Policy Working Group.
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives: Member of the Policy Advocacy Working Group.
Oakland Climate Action Coalition: Member of the steering committee.
Berkeley Student Food Collective: Former Education Director, and active member of the Advisory Board.