Chris Tittle is a facilitator, organizer, lawyer, and writer focused on land and housing justice, participatory governance, and co-creating post capitalist / post white supremacist futures. He is Director of Organizational Resilience at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a democratically-run nonprofit in Oakland supporting communities to create and control their own sustainable sources of housing, food, energy, and livelihoods. At the Law Center, he co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Money & Finance Programs.
He trained to become a lawyer without going to law school through the California Law Office Study Program, passing the California Bar in 2018. Prior to training as a barefoot lawyer, Chris completed an MA in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College, an international transformative learning center near Totnes, UK. His dissertation explored community-determined responses to climate disruption in the Global South.
Chris also organizes with the Economic Development without Displacement Coalition and Defenders of Mother Earth - Huichin in Oakland, co-founded the Association of Legal Apprentices, serves on the Board of New Economy Coalition and Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice, and facilitates the annual Law and Social Change Jam through YES!, a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers across the world.
He previously did youth leadership development in the South Bronx, taught English in Japan, and explored Islam in Senegal; and in between those two experiences, he traversed 3/4 of the globe by way of rail, sail, foot, and thumb. He earned his BA in Non-Western History with a concentration in Poverty Studies from Washington and Lee University, and his writing can be found on theselc.org, Shareable.net, MNN.com, GEO.coop, and elsewhere.