Attorney & Policy Director
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 other city governments and community advocates on how to establish similar programs. Yassi is also Co-Chair of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Policy & Advocacy Council, legal counsel to our incubated renewable energy projects, and President of the Law Center's Board of Directors.
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
New Economy Coalition: Member of the Policy Working Group.
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives: Co-chair of the Policy Advocacy Council.
Oakland Climate Action Coalition: Member of the steering committee.
Berkeley Student Food Collective: Former Education Director, and active member of the Advisory Board.