Student Spotlight: Marissa Mitzner

Tell us about yourself.
For the past several years I have lived in Washington, D.C. working in commercial real estate, and most recently in the green building industry as a senior account executive for an environmental consulting company. I was very involved with the U.S. Green Building Council—National Capital Region where I served on the board for three years and vice-chair for one year. Prior to going to D.C., I served as the first sustainability coordinator at my alma mater, Coastal Carolina University.

I have been in the field of sustainability for a little over ten years and in commercial real estate for six. When determining what my next career step should be, I discovered the MBA–SBP program and realized it was what I was looking for to unify and solidify what I have learned throughout my career and provide me with the knowledge and skills that I need for my next career step!

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
As a new Pittsburgh resident, I look forward to exploring the food scene and attending some sporting events!

What skill would you like to master?
I have always wanted to learn sign-language.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
How to train for a marathon. I have run 11 marathons and 1 ultra and was a volunteer marathon coach for a D.C. running club. I enjoy training and helping my friends achieve their race goals as well.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Bosnia and Herzegovina. The countryside is beautiful, and culture and resilience of their people left a lasting impression on me.

What is the best way to start the day?
Slowly waking up and then enjoying a cup of tea.