Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson (far left) poses with new Portland Community College Board of Directors member Tiffani Penson, PCC President Mark Mitsui and Board Chair Jim Harper (far right) at the college’s board meeting on Thursday, July 18 at the Sylvania Campus. Justice Nelson swore in all of PCC’s new directors, including the new 2019-20 chair and vice chair. The newly elected Penson represents Zone 2 of the college’s district, which covers St. Helens through to North and Northeast Portland. The PCC Board of Directors consists of seven members elected by zones to four-year terms.
Penson is a native Oregonian and is the Supplier Diversity Officer for the City of Portland. Her responsibilities include outreach to Disadvantage, Minority, Women, Emerging Small Businesses and Service Disabled Businesses focusing on connecting businesses to contracting opportunities at the City. She implemented and manages the Minority Evaluator Program, which requires City Bureaus to include at least one minority evaluator from the community provided from MEP Database to serve on evaluation panels awarding formal contracts. She serves on the board of Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Bound for A Cure, Kairos PDX, and Oregon Native American Chamber.