Chris Cassidy (he/him) is the Communications Director of the Berkeley Food Institute. He has worked on a range of issues, including transportation equity, civil rights, and the rights of working people. The son of restaurant workers, Cassidy was literally raised in restaurant booths and worked in the food industry for eight years. He earned a BA from Western Washington University, a certificate in Chinese law from China University of Politics and Law, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings, where he was repeatedly recognized as one of the top written and oral advocates among U.S. law students. Cassidy volunteers where he lives with his wife and son in East Oakland, addressing local food insecurity.