Chris is a facilitator, organizer, and attorney focused on land and housing justice, participatory governance, and co-creating liberatory futures. He is the former Director of Land and Housing Justice at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a democratically-run nonprofit supporting communities to create and control their own sustainable sources of land, labor, and capital. At the Law Center, he co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Radical Real Estate Law School programs.

He trained to become a lawyer without going to law school through the California Law Office Study Program, passing the California Bar in 2018. Prior to training as a barefoot lawyer, Chris completed an MA in Regenerative Economics at Schumacher College, an international transformative learning center near Totnes, UK. His dissertation explored commons-based and community-determined responses to climate disruption in the Global South.

Chris also organizes with grassroots coalitions including the South Carolina Housing Justice Network and Lowcountry Mutual Aid Fund; co-founded the Association of Legal Apprentices; serves on the Board of Directors for the New Economy Coalition and Fresh Future Farm; and facilitates the annual Law and Social Change Jam.

He previously worked with youth in the South Bronx, taught English in Japan, and explored Islam in Senegal; and in between those latter two experiences, he traversed 3/4 of the globe by way of rail, sail, foot, and thumb. He currently lives, loves, and organizes in Charleston, South Carolina.



Roles at the Law Center

Program Areas


Lead: Housing Program

Lead: Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits

Support: Farmland Program

Support: Radical Real Estate Law School

Operations Areas


Support: Internal Resilience

Support: Grassroots Fundraising

Support: Grants

Support: Communications


Other Projects and Affiliations

Publications and articles

Personal Interests

  • Parenting
  • Aikido

  • Kayaking

  • Direct Action

  • Radical imagination

  • Trees

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