Yassi_Eskandari_Sustainable_Economies_Law_Center.jpgYassi Eskandari

Attorney & Policy Director



Yassi leads the center's local policy strategies for sustainable community economic development. Most recently, she led the campaign for groundbreaking worker cooperative development policies in the City of Berkeley and has since partnered with the City on implementation efforts. Yassi also co-developed the center's Transformative Policymakers project, provides legal and technical support to renewable energy projects, and supports with direct legal services. She currently serves as President of the law center's Board of Directors.

Yassi 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 a licensed California attorney by "reading the law" and passing the California bar exam. She also holds a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in City & Regional Planning 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

  • Organizational Abundance

  • Administration

Other Roles: 

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