20 Under 40: Jessica Marquez

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

University of Oregon

Working and volunteering in Eugene for over 20 years has given me a deep appreciation for our community’s commitment to hard work, philanthropy, and innovation. 

As Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon, I have been afforded the opportunity to directly impact our community in innovative ways. One of the best parts of my job is recruiting world class scientists, researchers, students and staff to the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon. While the outdoor activities and opportunities to explore Oregon are a big draw, I am often reminded that the innovation, creativity, and welcoming people are an even bigger asset. I am proud of the work that I do at the UO and within the broader community, especially the work that has allowed our team to create almost 200 new jobs in Eugene and build partnerships with other local industry organizations and institutions throughout the State. 

My gratitude for our community is also enhanced by my work with United Way, Junior League of Eugene, 100 Women Who Care, SMART, and other impactful organizations. There are so many individuals that genuinely care about improving our community, and I have been lucky to get to be a part of these organizations where I have met so many amazing people. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a leader and I take pride in investing in my community. I am excited to continue to see the positive impacts of the amazing work that business and community leaders are doing all around Eugene.