Yelda Bartlett, candidate for AC Transit board – Ward 1, is running on a platform to reduce emissions in order to improve air quality, protect collective bargaining rights of employees and increase services to expand ridership.
“As an attorney and community advocate, I have experience in standing up for what is right. As a business owner, I understand the financial pressures on working people,” said Bartlett, who is seeking the seat on the AC Transit board that represents the Berkeley area.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and a law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law.
Her legal education and experience includes criminal, civil, legislative, as well as appellate work. During law school, she participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic hosted by the Northern California Innocence Project, investigating the innocence claims of inmates serving life in prison.
Bartlett’s interest in constitutional law led to a fellowship award by the National Lawyer’s Guild to work on federal and state appeals of death row inmates. She also served as a legislative intern to the Public Safety Committee of the California State Assembly, where she researched and analyzed national criminal law policy.
In addition to litigation, Bartlett is trained in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. In her practice, she serves as a mediator for family as well as business disputes.
She served as a commissioner for the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women (COSOW) for the City of Berkeley, where she was elected chairwoman of the Commission.
Bartlett is a member of Alameda County Bar Association, National Lawyer’s Guild and the Iranian American Bar Association.