Christina Oatfield is pursuing an attorney license as an Apprentice at Katovich & Kassan Law Group through the California State Bar’s unique, experiential Law Office Study Program. She is also the Food Policy Director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, where she researches and advocates for laws that create opportunities for community-based food enterprises. She managed the successful grassroots campaign to enact the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616), a cottage food law for California. She participates in several collaborative food policy groups, including serving on the Steering Committee of the California Food Policy Council, leading the Policy Committee of the Northern California Chapter of Slow Money and serving on the Berkeley Food Policy Council.
Christina has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley. As a student she represented environmental and social justice activists and members of student co-ops in UC Berkeley’s student Senate. She also served for two years on the Board of the continent’s largest housing cooperative, the Berkeley Student Cooperative. In 2009 Christina co-founded the Berkeley Student Food Collective, an independent nonprofit educational center and real foods grocery market. As the Food Collective’s Policy Coordinator, she worked with legal advisers on the formation of the collective, regulatory compliance, and drafting of internal policies. She wrote a thesis that has been adapted into a widely consulted manual about student-run sustainable food cooperatives.