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Here I am with my little Grandson Noah last November in a happy place: National Gallery of Art.

Meet Vice President of Government Relations, Rona Rothenberg, FAIA. You have been hearing from Ms. Rothenberg in her monthly messages on her advocacy experience thus far, but here’s a bit more insight into who she is on a personal level.


  1. When did you decide to become an architect?
    When my sister, Susan Shay, Ph.D, AIA convinced me way back in the day before we were both married and our combined 6 kids were born that being an architect would be much more interesting than being a lawyer.  I was about 24 or 25 and I was working as a paralegal and this sounded like a good idea and it has been a good idea-mostly except for when it wasn’t a good idea.  I do like planning and getting buildings built but I do not enjoy the design process.


  1. If you weren’t an architect, you would be …
    A service dog trainer, a farmer, a lawyer or a construction manager, in that order.


  1. What did you listen to on this morning’s commute?
    88.5 NPR


  1. Coffee or tea?
    I am ALL ABOUT COFFEE.  I love coffee!  It makes me look like I am paying attention!  LOL!


  1. Why are you serving on the ____________ (or what was your role as the _________)?
    I am serving on the City of Alameda Planning Board because I think architects can make a difference in decision-making roles about things that get built.


  1. One place you want to visit from your bucket list:
    I want to see the Northern Lights and hope to go north of Fairbanks next winter for that.
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2 Replies to “5 Minutes With… Rona Rothenberg, FAIA”

  1. Jeffrey Gill says:

    What a great piece! Please do more of these member spotlights.

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