Hewot Shankute

( she/her )

Program Director, Economic Justice


Hewot is a Senior Attorney in the Economic Justice team’s Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program. She joined LCCRSF in July 2022 from the East Bay Community Law Center, a clinic of Berkeley Law School, where she taught and practiced community-centered lawyering and advocated for polices to prevent tenant displacement and preserve affordable housing. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Hewot began her career in corporate law and then went on to work as in-house legal counsel for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on advancing environmental protection, vehicle emissions reduction, and green jobs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hewot dedicates her transactional legal practice to build economic wealth and power in low-income communities and communities of color. In her spare time, Hewot enjoys nature, traveling, and good times with good friends and family.