Janelle Orsi is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, an organization that cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. She provides guidance and support to each program circle and leads the Legal Profession in the New Economy program.
Outside of her work with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, she is an attorney and mediator focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. Through the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, she works with cooperatives, community gardens, co-housing communities, ecovillages, and others doing innovative work to change the world. She attended UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
Orsi is author of the book Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.
In 2014, she was selected to be an Ashoka Fellow, joining a robust cohort of social entrepreneurs who are recognized to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. In 2010, Orsi was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, she was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals “whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.”
Janelle Orsi is continually developing ideas and strategies for stronger, more resilient economies. Her cartoons can be found here.
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