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Yassi uses worker-owned cooperatives as a strategy to build a more fulfilling, equitable, and ecologically resilient economic system. She led the campaign that established groundbreaking worker cooperative development policies in the City of Berkeley and has advised countless advocates on how to establish similar programs. Yassi also convened and coordinates the statewide Worker Owned Recovery California (WORC) coalition, is co-chair of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Policy & Advocacy Council, legal counsel to the law center's incubated renewable energy projects, and sits on the board of the Bay Area Network of Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC).

Yassi has also co-authored several 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 became an attorney by independently reading the law and passing the California bar exam, and also earned a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies from UC Berkeley. While a Cal student, she helped start Berkeley’s first student-run food collective

Roles at the Law Center

Program Areas

  • Lead: Policy

  • Support: Community Renewable Energy

  • Support: Housing

  • Support: Food

  • Support: Legal Profession

  • Support: Cooperatives

  • Support: Water

Operations Areas

  • Board of Directors Coordinator
  • Internal Resilience

  • Conflict Engagement Lead

  • Retreat Design Team

  • Staff Skill Trainings Coordinator 

Other Roles: 

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