Co-Director, Community & Economic Development Clinic
Missy Risser is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of CUNY's Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), which provides legal and policy support to organizations that redress structural inequities faced by BIPOC & other marginalized communities. At the CEDC, Missy teaches and supervises students who provide transactional legal assistance to groups organizing for economic democracy, such as cooperatives, community land trusts, and other nonprofits and unincorporated associations. Previously, she was a Supervising Attorney and Staff Attorney in the Capacity-Building and Equitable Neighborhoods practices at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (now TakeRoot Justice). Missy is a co-founder of 1 Worker 1 Vote, a nonprofit that supports the development of worker cooperatives, particularly unionized worker cooperatives. Missy obtained her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she attended as a Public Interest Graduate Fellow; her M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University; and her B.A. from Vassar College.