Chris is a facilitator, organizer, and attorney focused on land and housing justice, participatory governance, and co-creating post capitalist / post white supremacist futures. He is 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 Money & Finance 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 Economics for Transition 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, Lowcountry Mutual Aid Fund, Economic Development without Displacement Coalition, and Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance; co-founded the Association of Legal Apprentices; serves on the Board of Directors for the New Economy Coalition; 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.

chris@theselc.org

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Roles at the Law Center

Program Areas

 

Lead: Housing Program

Lead: Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits

Support: Farmland Program

Operations Areas

 

Support: Internal Resilience

Support: Grassroots Fundraising

Support: Grants

 

 

Other Projects and Affiliations

Publications and articles

Personal Interests

  • Aikido

  • Kayaking

  • Direct Action

  • Radical imagination

  • Trees

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