Green Festival Speakers

Christina Oatfield


While studying environmental sciences at UC Berkeley, Christina Oatfield held leadership positions in the Sustainability Team, the Berkeley Student Cooperative, The Green Initiative Fund and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). She also co-founded the Berkeley Student Food Collective, a nonprofit, democratically-run sustainable, healthy and ethical foods grocery and educational center. She wrote her thesis on student-run food co-ops and later went on to adapt it into a training manual for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. The Directive has begun training students at other universities in how to start food cooperatives based on her manual. Christina currently continues to advise the Berkeley Student Food Collective and, occasionally, other start-up student co-ops. She now works as the Food Policy Research Associate at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where she is researching legal issues pertaining to sustainable and small-scale food production. She also serves on the Berkeley Food Policy Council.