Angela Espersen
President
Angela is a creative professional, educator, and artist whose work centers on creating meaningful experiences and connections. She is currently the Director of Experiential Learning Programs at Wayfinding Academy, where she also serves as faculty teaching organizational behavior and leadership. Before transitioning to education, Angela spent 14 years in the creative industry strategizing, directing, and designing engaging brand and consumer experiences for clients such as adidas, The Oakland Athletics, Google, and REI. Her personal art practice focuses on creating experimental scents and installations that share embodied knowledge and emotional experiences.
Audrey Desler
Design for Good Director
Audrey is a freelance art director, designer, and illustrator constantly dreaming of better, more equitable futures. Her career started with design stints @ Nike and local agencies, working on a myriad of brand and campaigns projects, championing sustainability initiatives whenever possible. In order to align more with her passion for social and environmental change, she left the world of Fortune 500’s to focus on community organizing, freelancing with non-profits, and forging relationships with purpose- mission-driven organizations. Outside of AIGA, Audrey enjoys growing food, natural spaces, baking, and talking about feelings.  AUDDITIES   @1auddities
Michelle Roberts
Recruitment Director
Michelle is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and professional optimist. With her bubbly, positive attitude she loves to bring people together to make incredible things happen. Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Michelle volunteered for many years on the education committee and on the board of directors for AIGA Minnesota. She is very excited to use her previous AIGA experience and people skills to help gather volunteers for the Portland chapter. In her free time, Michelle enjoys painting, designing wedding stationery (mkrdesignstudios.com), and hiking with her husband. Feel free to visit her portfolio site at michellerobertsdesign.com.
Carmen Keating
Women Lead Director
Carmen Keating is a multidisciplinary designer whose background is in E-Commerce, marketing, and advertising. Carmen's involvement with AIGA started with the Chicago chapter in 2008 and has moved with her to Portland. Before moving to Portland, she owned and operated a photography business for 12 years. In her free time, she enjoys ceramics, drawing, photography, and hiking. Carmen also loves to go camping and enjoys all of the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Haley Riley
Membership Director
Haley Riley is a multidisciplinary designer, with a focus on digital design. Her design journey began as a child growing up in a tiny cornfield town in Indiana. Her first connection with community and identity was through music. She grew up creating fansites and “e-zines” for all of the popstars she idolized before discovering punk in her teenage years. The show fliers, merch designs, and album art she discovered during her youth are still major influences in the work she enjoys making today. After nearly a decade of working as a hairstylist, she decided to change career direction. She attended Portland State University where she received a BA in Graphic Design in 2020. She still lives in Portland, and spends most of her time hiking, doing yoga, hanging out with her dog (Mabel), and listening to ghost stories. She is inspired by sustainability, collaboration and community and believes that as a designer she has the responsibility to communicate in an ethical and sustainable way. Using visual communication to build community is important to her. She cherishes that connection and outlet she discovered as a child, and she continues to build on that through her work as an adult.
Monica Mo
President Emeritus
Monica Mo is a Taiwanese-American multi-disciplinary creative, educator, and President of the AIGA Portland chapter. She is a critical thinker who has a passion for crafting experiences that leave lasting impacts on the user, audience, and community. She brings these characteristics into her leadership role on the AIGA Portland Board of Directors. Monica teaches part-time in the Graphic Design program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Throughout her career, she has worked and partnered with a multitude of clients and companies such as Adidas, Downstream, Nike, Opus Agency, Second Story, Swift, Pentagram, and more. See Monica’s website at: monicamo.com and follow her on Instagram: @i_am_monicamo
Jennifer Pantages
Secretary
Jennifer is a digital and print designer, art director, manager, and project juggler with over 20 years of creative experience for high-profile clients. Data-driven and strategy focused, she specializes in both email and direct mail. She is new to Portland and freelancing with a diverse array of local businesses. Originally from Kansas, she made her way to Portland via Silicon Valley where she worked at eBay for three years. She earned her BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. In addition to design skills, Jennifer brings a passionate sense of organization to her role as Secretary of AIGA Portland. Outside of AIGA, Jennifer enjoys traveling, sewing, hiking, knitting, video games, reading, and playing with her dog Walter. Follow her @jac0928 or see her portfolio at jennifer-pantages.com.