As a Corban Business Management and Marketing Major, Leisha Anderson is interested in the ways political decisions affect business decisions.
As an intern for Oregon State Representative John Davis, District 26, and Senator Tim Knopp, District 27,she is getting a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how these decisions are made and the impacts they could have on both large and small business owners.
Anderson’s interest in business and politics started when she was a high school student in Alaska.
“My sister and I were involved in a leadership conference called TeenPact for three years,” she said. “I attended a week-long camp where we learned about all the branches of government and held mock sessions where you run for office, pass bills, attend court and a variety of other things.”
The Alaska native previously volunteered on election campaigns for Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Alaska State Senator Cathy Giessel. A recent conversation with Oregon State Representative Kevin Cameron confirmed her desire to learn as much as she can during this internship.
“He has a degree in marketing and has started many restaurants,” she said. “He has several restaurants in Portland and brings these different perspectives to the legislature and can use his experience to help other business owners through his work in the legislature.”
Her duties include responding to constituents concerns and summarizing and commenting on legislative bills. She also writes hearings requests, invites students, business owners and pastors within the districts to visit the State Capital and does research for the Knopp and Davis.
I’ve been able to use what I learned in Professor Griff Lindell’s class on management,” Anderson said. “There was a lot I learned about leadership and personalities and connecting with people that helped me get this position.”
Although she isn’t certain where her career will eventually take her, she said is gaining knowledge and building relationships during this internship will give her an advantage in the future.
“As a business major I feel it is so important to be involved,” she said. “These are decisions that will affect businesses and employers and they often don’t realize that. I want to know what is going on economically for any bills that are passed and make sure my voice is heard during the process.”
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