Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan is an attorney specializing in social ventures. Her legal-practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.  She is the managing director of Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a  firm that serves social enterprise. She recently launched a business with John Katovich and Michael Shuman called Cutting Edge Capital, which helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive economy, sustainable communities, and healthy ecosystems. Jenny worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects, including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents. President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities, she also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute, Sustainable Business Alliance, HatchLab, Inc., and Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF). Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School.