Angela Espersen
Angela is a strategist, designer, and educator whose work centers on creating meaningful experiences and connections. A Portland native, she studied at Oregon State University and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. She currently works as a Senior Brand Strategist for Murmur, and has spent the last 15+ years researching, strategizing, and designing engaging brands and experiences for clients of all sizes. Angela is also an experiential educator who has facilitated courses and workshops on a variety of subjects including organizational behavior, leadership, innovation, and scent design. See Angela’s website at:
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.
Alex Rupp
Alex is an accountant with over five years of experience in finance and accounting. After completing his B.S. in Finance at the University of Oregon, he worked in the finance departments of a marketing firm in San Francisco and, later, a shoe and apparel company in Portland. Currently, he works as an Associate on the Corporate Accounting Team at Fisher Investments. He seeks to combine his skills in finance with his passion for design to assist AIGA’s Portland chapter in reaching its short and long-term goals. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing guitar, running in Forest Park, and snowboarding at Mt. Hood.
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
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.
Halle Cisco
Education Director
Halle is an art director, designer, illustrator and educator with experience working for a wide range of creative clients in e-commerce, education, retail, healthcare, publishing and technology. Originally from Ohio, she left to pursue a career in design in NYC before coming to Portland in 2016. She taught at PNCA and the Art Institute Online for several years while also working as a designer and volunteering at AIGA, Caldera, The Right Brain Initiative and Bigs Brothers Big Sisters. She enjoys drawing, bicycling and hanging out with her 10 year old son. See Halle’s website at:
Jordan Hall
Partnership Director
Jordan is a producer of big ideas. As a Chicago native, the midwest work ethic lives in her bones. She spent her early career in independent newspaper publishing and as a result, has a firm appreciation for deadlines and distrust of the Oxford comma. She specializes in design, strategy, and making things possible—she is always willing to get her hands dirty and dig deep into the details that bring projects to life. A skilled writer and creative problem solver, Jordan’s process-oriented and technology-focused approach to creative workflow make her an astute collaborator and project manager. She is passionate about Portland’s creative community and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the allied creative fields.
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 (, and hiking with her husband. Feel free to visit her portfolio site at
Monica Mo
President Emeritus
Monica Mo is a Taiwanese-American multi-disciplinary creative, educator, and previous 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: and follow her on Instagram: @i_am_monicamo
Jojo Benge-Palacio
Operations Director
Jojo Benge-Palacio is a Human Resources & Business Operations professional for over a decade. His career revolves around building and rebuilding organizations. Jojo is adept at building dynamic, scalable internal infrastructure teams from the ground up to support a company’s growth and development. He has a BA in Psychology, an MS in Leadership and Management, focusing on HR Management and Organizational Development, and is SHRM Certified Professional. He is thrilled to bring the skills and knowledge to develop the creative community. In his spare time, he loves to cook, travel, hang with his two dogs and husband, and plan games with friends.