Green Business Initiative Student Association (GBISA) is an organization of graduate students from the University of Oregon School of Law and the Lundquist College of Business. The organization is comprised of officers and an executive board who partake in planning campus events and the annual Green Business Symposium with the goal of learning from, and interacting with, sustainability-minded professionals on local, regional, and national levels.
2013-2014 Green Business Initiative Student Association Board
Ryan Hall, Co-Director
Ryan was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University where he graduated magna cum laude. His studies focused around political science and business administration with an emphasis on management. Ryan's interests include advocating the creation and implementation of public policies that promote corporate sustainability, as well as economic and political incentives to corporations who promote green business practices. Ryan is currently a second-year law student.
Chris Jirges, Co-Director
Chris, originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Experiences hiking and camping in the Oregon Cascades and North Dakota Badlands moved him to study environmental law. Chris is currently a second-year law student.
Maggie Boberg, Vice President of Marketing
Originally from Denver, Maggie earned her Bachelor's degree in Politics at Princeton University with a focus in international relations. As an undergraduate, she centered her thesis work on implementing sustainable transportation policies in US metropolitan areas. Analyzing the legislative requirements and financial aspects of such projects led her to an interest in green business law and the University of Oregon. Maggie is a second-year law student.
James Bunts, Treasurer
James graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. While attending UCLA, James served as an AmeriCorps member for the JusticeCorps program at the Small Claims Advisory Program in downtown Los Angeles. For his volunteerism, James received the Commendation for Dedicated Service to the Community by 4th District County of Los Angeles Supervisor, Don Knabe. James also has
co-authored a research paper with UCLA's Institute of the Environmental and Sustainability entitled *Retrofitting Commercial Real Estate: Current Trends and Challenges in Increasing Building Energy Efficiency*. James is currently a second-year law student.
Christina Reyes, Vice President of Logistics
Prior to law school, Cristina worked in construction management for Hoffman Construction Company, most recently under Hoffman's in-house counsel. Cristina holds a LEED 2.2 certification and has had the opportunity to work on a number of large-scale, sustainable construction projects, including multiple GOLD and PLATINUM LEED certified projects. Cristina is dedicated to encouraging developers and businesses to adopt forward-thinking sustainable building practices. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from George Fox University. Cristina is currently a second-year J.D. student.
Marie Phillips, Senior Board Member
Marie Phillips is currently a third-year law student. She has a background in Environmental Studies and Economics as well as a strong commitment to public service. Prior to law school she served as the Environmental Policy VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) with an environmental nonprofit organization based in Helena, Montana. More recently, Marie has worked on civil litigation, local government law, small business law, and for the Washington State Attorney General's Office.
Jacqueline Quarre, Senior Board Member
Jacquie is a third-year law student. She has a background in environmental law and policy and is pursuing a legal a career serving businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Jacquie served as Co-Director of GBISA in 2012-2013. Her
goal is to encourage student involvement in issues of law and policy affecting businesses that operate at the intersection of economic and environmental interests.
Derek Sangston, Senior Board Member
Most recently, Sangston has worked as an extern for the Linn County Circuit Court. Before coming to law school, Derek worked as a paralegal for a personal injury firm in Dallas, TX and as a human resources assistant in Portland, OR. Derek earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in 2009. In addition to his position with GBISA, Derek volunteers with Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center. Derek is currently a third-year law student.
Jacqueline Mitchson, Senior Board Member
Jackie, originally from Lake Tapps, Washington, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Jackie is a third-year law student.
Elayna Zammarelli, Senior Board Member
Elayna is a Eugene native who most recently worked as a law clerk at Johnson Johnson Larson & Schaller in Eugene. At the University of Oregon, she is on the executive board for the Law and Entrepreneurship Student Association, a member of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee, and is the Dean Orlando John Hollis Scholar for Academic Excellence. Prior to law school, Elayna studied sustainable business practices, environmental law, and environmental economics at the University of Puget Sound during her undergraduate education in Business Administration and Leadership. She is currently a second-year law student.