Board of Directors

Resource Innovation Institute – Board of Directors:

Sara Batterby

Board Member

Sara Batterby has spent the last decade launching and funding early stage companies in high growth, emerging markets. Most recently Sara founded and was CEO of Hifi Farms, one of Oregon's most sustainable and best known cannabis cultivation companies. She now works as a consultant to early stage companies in cannabis and other industries specializing in early stage structuring and finance. She speaks around the country on cannabis investing and risk and gives her time as a mentor and advisor to other entrepreneurs. Sara was identified as an Executive to Watch in 2017 by the Portland Business Journal and is currently writing a book to deliver tactical support to founders seeking to understand how to raise money for their startups. Sara is proud to partner with the Resource Innovation Institute at the forefront of sustainable cannabis.

Margi Hoffman

Founder and Board Member

Margi Hoffmann has spent the last decade working in public policy and politics in Oregon, a great deal of which has been concentrated in the energy and clean technology sectors. Most recently, Hoffmann served as Energy Policy Advisor to Governors Kate Brown and John Kitzhaber. During her time serving the Governors, Hoffmann wrote the first-ever Ten Year Energy Action Plan for Oregon, negotiated the West Coast Climate and Energy Action Plan, spoke at the United Nations Council of Parties (COP) 20 about the need for collective, sub-jurisdictional action on climate, and helped co-found the Governor's Climate Accord. Prior to joining the Governors Office, Hoffmann served as Senior Vice President and Director of Oregon Operations for Strategies 360, a vertically-integrated political and marketing consulting firm. She has worked on a number of campaigns, including serving as Coordinated Campaign Director and manager of a congressional campaign. Hoffmann loves to mix her deep understanding of policy and politics to drive relevant outcomes for clients, stakeholders and businesses. She also really loves to backcountry ski, run rivers and play music.

Born and raised in Colorado, Margi co-founded the Resource Innovation Institute because she believes that her region and its communities are well served by its thriving cannabis industry – and wants to make sure it stays that way. As policy-makers struggle to figure out how to regulate the natural resource component of the industry, Margi sees ample opportunity for the industry to shape its own destiny, prove up new resource models for manufacturers, and leverage water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy to increase productivity and maximize profit.

Jesce Horton

Board Chair

Jesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a medical cannabis cultivation center and co-founder of Panacea, an award-winning dispensary in Portland, OR. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.

Currently, Jesce is developing Saints Cannabis, a vertically-integrated cannabis campus that will house adult-use (recreational) retail, cannabis lounge, indoor and greenhouse cultivation, processing and R&D operations all on one flagship property in Portland, OR. He sits on numerous state and city appointed committees that oversee rules and regulations shaping the Oregon cannabis industry. Jesce has received recognition from Marijuana Business Magazine, Willamette Weekly, Dope Magazine and High Times Magazine for local and national contributions.

Contributing to RII is important to Jesce because he believes that energy and resource efficiency is a cornerstone to the sustainable growth of the cannabis industry: “Cannabis has the ability to do amazing good in our society, but the industry will never reach its full potential without keeping sustainable business practices, like diversity and environmental efficiency, as core principles of development and growth.” Jesce bikes and runs with his dog Buddha in his beloved hometown of Portland, OR.

John Morris

Founder & Board Secretary

John Morris is the Vice President of Market Development for D+R International. John developed and facilitated the first ever utility working group on energy consumption by cannabis producers. He has deep working relationships with a majority of utilities
in the Northwest and has spent the last two years delivering education and outreach to utilities on power factor in indoor agriculture processes.

Previously, John was the Chief Executive Officer of Morris Energy Consulting, an energy firm with a focus on EV, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Crypto Currencies and Microgrids.

A native Washingtonian, John committed his expertise to founding the Resource Innovation Institute because he believes a platform through which utilities, growers and manufacturers can co-create market-based energy standards will have a deep and lasting impact on the cannabis industry and his own region.

Alex Tinker

Board Member

Alex Tinker is an attorney at Tonkon Torp LLP, a 90-lawyer firm in Portland, Oregon, where he co-chairs the Cannabis Industry Group and maintains a business litigation practice. Tonkon Torp was the first major business law firm in the Pacific Northwest to embrace the regulated cannabis industry. Alex was named a ``Rising Star`` for business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has litigated over a dozen cases on behalf of cannabis-related businesses and resolved countless more outside of the courtroom, and has advised clients in connection with operating, buying, selling, investing in, and doing business with licensed cannabis companies.

Prior to his legal career, Alex advocated for responsible climate and energy policy both as an aide in the Oregon legislature, where he helped craft and pass legislation to finance energy efficiency retrofits in public buildings, and in the nonprofit sector, where he coordinated clean energy town halls with members of Congress nationwide. Alex sees the changing legal landscape for cannabis as an opportunity to drive the development and adoption of cutting-edge energy efficiency practices and technologies as the industry rapidly emerges from the underground, and he joined the Resource Innovation Institute board to help make that happen.

Born and raised in Colorado, Margi co-founded the Resource Innovation Institute because she believes that her region and its communities are well served by its thriving cannabis industry – and wants to make sure it stays that way. As policy-makers struggle to figure out how to regulate the natural resource component of the industry, Margi sees ample opportunity for the industry to shape its own destiny, prove up new resource models for manufacturers, and leverage water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy to increase productivity and maximize profit.

Derek Smith

Founder & Executive Director

Derek Smith has been a leader in triple bottom line ventures in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for 15 years. Most recently, he founded and led Clean Energy Works, a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that facilitates residential energy efficiency upgrades throughout Oregon and Washington. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and also created an award-winning sustainability program for a national retailer who was part of bringing to market certification standards such as Forest Stewardship Council and Marine Stewardship Council.

From his roots in Northern California and throughout his career, Derek has seen the power of industry partners coming together to develop market-based solutions to their collective climate challenge, and he co-founded RII to serve as an effective industry platform that fosters the collaboration and thought leadership needed to forge a winning future for the cannabis industry.

Currently, Jesce is developing Saints Cannabis, a vertically-integrated cannabis campus that will house adult-use (recreational) retail, cannabis lounge, indoor and greenhouse cultivation, processing and R&D operations all on one flagship property in Portland, OR. He sits on numerous state and city appointed committees that oversee rules and regulations shaping the Oregon cannabis industry. Jesce has received recognition from Marijuana Business Magazine, Willamette Weekly, Dope Magazine and High Times Magazine for local and national contributions.

Contributing to RII is important to Jesce because he believes that energy and resource efficiency is a cornerstone to the sustainable growth of the cannabis industry: “Cannabis has the ability to do amazing good in our society, but the industry will never reach its full potential without keeping sustainable business practices, like diversity and environmental efficiency, as core principles of development and growth.” Jesce bikes and runs with his dog Buddha in his beloved hometown of Portland, OR.

Elizabeth Whalen

Founder & Board Treasurer

Elizabeth Whalen has more than 20 years experience as a strategic marketing professional and committed sustainability practitioner. For more than a decade she worked with Columbia Forest Products, where she developed and executed environmental strategies and activities that led to pioneering innovations in green chemistry and biomimicry, and to regulatory successes that have altered a global industry for the good of the environment and human health. Elizabeth has a deep understanding of the green building industry, having built credible and lasting green brands and successfully addressed chemicals of concern found in materials within the built environment. She served seven years in the Manufacturer’s Seat and as an officer on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees the highly influential Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

An Oregon native, Elizabeth has witnessed firsthand the positive social and environmental impact of a self-regulated industry, both locally and globally. As co-founder of the Resource Innovation Institute, she believes RII can provide the cannabis industry the dynamic, market transformation tools needed to ensure long term success.
in the Northwest and has spent the last two years delivering education and outreach to utilities on power factor in indoor agriculture processes.

Previously, John was the Chief Executive Officer of Morris Energy Consulting, an energy firm with a focus on EV, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Crypto Currencies and Microgrids.

A native Washingtonian, John committed his expertise to founding the Resource Innovation Institute because he believes a platform through which utilities, growers and manufacturers can co-create market-based energy standards will have a deep and lasting impact on the cannabis industry and his own region.

Matt Gaboury

Board Member

Matthew Gaboury is a managing partner of Calyx King, one of the country’s preeminent cannabis-centric design/build firms with over 50 combined years of experience in cultivating, processing, and dispensing marijuana. In addition, he is an owner of the medicinal and recreational cannabis production/processing company Re-Up Industries. Mr. Gaboury’s cannabis cultivation practice has provided intense hands-on experience with a range of genetics, methodologies, and facility-types, and has resulted in his development of specific technologies and proprietary protocols to maximize both the quality and yield of the cannabis cultivars under his care. This methodological expertise includes deep water culture, ebb & flood, nutrient film technique, living soil organic mediums, coco coir, soma beds, hydroponic containers, and aeroponics.

In roles as both cannabis advisor and cultivation owner, he regularly converts vision into reality through architectural design skills of the highest class and over a decade of agricultural experience. Matt's ability with the tools and the creative energies of design come from combining careers in architecture and horticulture: with degrees in structural engineering, industrial design, and a Master degree in Architecture, Matt has now spent more than 10 years building hands-on cannabis experience. His focus is particularly set on the design of industrial scale cutting-edge cultivation/processing operations that emphasize sustainability and has designed over 75 large scale indoor production facilities, including his own 50,000 square foot building in the heart of Seattle.

In an effort to reduce the cannabis industry’s carbon footprint, Mr. Gaboury is a committed conservationist and innovator in pragmatic sustainability. He has previously worked for the University of South Florida School of Sustainability to help design a digital architecture that uses 70% less electricity than average. His innovative design and operational procedures have reduced the aggregate carbon footprint of cannabis production facilities across the United States by 2,027,500 watts, which equates to 15,111,480+ kW hours of electric usage per year. Mr. Gaboury won the World Architecture Community Award for an architectural curtain wall system that automatically follows the sun's path and adjusts the orientation of louvers to facilitate natural plant lighting & ventilation (patent pending), and is continuing to advance the technology of sustainability on a daily basis.In addition to his execution work, Mr. Gaboury has also been actively involved in the regulatory process. He helped to draft the building regulations that Washington State has enacted to increase life safety standards for extraction and processing spaces (F-1 reclassification standards). Mr. Gaboury worked with local utility providers in WA, OR, and NY to develop and implement the incentive and rebate programs available to growers who utilize energy-saving equipment and processes. He was also instrumental in the drafting of Washington Initiative 502, which legalized recreational cannabis, and participated in multiple city councils political sub-committees to help local jurisdictions understand and roll-out the new recreational state laws.

In this political outreach role, Mr. Gaboury is an active and leading member in the following professional organizations: Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics, Washington Marijuana Association, National Cannabis Industry Association, American Institute of Architecture, Research Innovation Institute (Board Member) and the Cannabis Alliance (Founding Member).

Jennifer Thorne Amann

Board Member

Jennifer Thorne Amann is the Buildings Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Since joining ACEEE in 1997, she has authored dozens of publications and articles on buildings and equipment efficiency technologies, policies, and programs. Jennifer leads content development for ACEEE’s consumer-focused website, smarterhouse.org.

Her current work focuses on maximizing energy savings from key buildings policies including building codes and appliance standards, scaling up retrofit activity in homes and commercial buildings with an emphasis on deep retrofits, expanding opportunities for energy savings in low-income and multifamily housing, and analyzing new opportunities for energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Jennifer brings to ACEEE several years’ experience in the environmental technology field and has experience in community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues.

Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of the Attachments Energy Rating Council and the Resource Innovation Institute. She is an NCQLP Lighting Certified Professional. Jennifer earned a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Trinity University.

Lindsay Robinson

Board Member

Prior to becoming the executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, Lindsay was the director of development for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lindsay oversaw MPP’s national fundraising and membership strategies. Based in San Francisco, California, Lindsay was a key member of MPP’s fundraising team starting in 2010 and took the helm of the department in early 2014. MPP was responsible for passing adult use ballot initiatives in Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine in 2016 while playing a supporting role in California with Prop 64. Lindsay’s team at MPP helped raise over $18 million for these campaigns in the 2016 election cycle.

She was one of the primary fundraisers for both Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado, and Ballot Measure 2, a similar initiative that made marijuana legal in Alaska in 2014. Lindsay was elected to the board of the California Cannabis Industry Association in January 2016 and served as the chairwoman of the Legislative Committee that same year.

Lindsay has been working to end marijuana prohibition for two decades, in both volunteer and professional capacities. Her passion for social justice has also lead to more than 17 years in the non-profit industry, fundraising for organizations like the SF-Marin Food Bank, the Center for Justice and Accountability, and La Raza Centro Legal. Lindsay received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Vermont and has her master’s in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She’s also a registered yoga instructor and tequila enthusiast, not necessarily in that order.