Hailing from the town of Mansfield, Ohio, Roberta Pennington came to Portland, Oregon in July 2001 after completing her second bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in interior design. Her first degree in Theatre Set Design, while rewarding, needed a boost into an office environment with shorter hours and dental benefits. Pennington has worked for large and small firms and has enjoyed the experience both environments have to offer. She has worked on medical, multi-family housing, retail, government and office projects. Currently, she is an Associate at Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc. in Portland, Oregon where she specializes in corporate tenant improvement. She has served on the IIDA Oregon Executive Board since 2009 and currently sits as Vice President of Advocacy.