Yassi works at the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC). She directs SELC's City Policies and Community Currencies programs, identifying the legal barriers to the grassroots sharing economy, including shared transportation, shared housing, urban food systems, and complementary forms of exchange. These programs also produce essential legal resourcesand timely policy solutions that foster localized production, ownership, and exchange.
Yassi holds a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in City & Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley (’11). While a student, she received numerous leadership awards and co-founded and served on the board of UC Berkeley’s first student-run food collective. Today, Yassi is enrolled in the California State Bar's Law Office Study Program, which will enable her to become a lawyer without going to law school. Once a licensed attorney, Yassi intends to remain active in local and regional policy change while advising clients who are leading the grassroots sharing economy movement in food, agriculture, housing, land, renewable energy, resource management, and cooperative enterprise.