Dilini Lankachandra, Director of A Better Balance’s Defending Local Democracy Project, joined A Better Balance in July 2017. She leads A Better Balance’s efforts to support, expand, and defend the authority of local governments to pass workplace protections and other social justice laws and policies. Since 2017, Dilini has also worked closely with the Local Solutions Support Center to provide technical assistance to cities and advocates in their fight against preemption. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2015. During law school she worked extensively with the East Bay Community Law Center’s Green-Collar Communities Clinic to draft and pass a law creating a business entity specifically for California worker cooperatives. Prior to joining ABB she worked at Brightline Defense, a San Francisco-based policy advocacy nonprofit committed to bringing clean energy and jobs to marginalized communities in California. She completed her undergraduate studies in Classics and Political Science at Columbia University.