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
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.