Roberts earned a BA in Economics from the University of Denver, and did graduate work in Economics at the University of Maryland.
He retired after serving 35 years in energy demand forecasting, planning and budget, financial analysis and revenue requirement, and strategic planning for the Bonneville Power Administration. Before the BPA, Roberts worked as a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Treasury.
In the non-profit world, Roberts served on the Neahkahnie Water District board for 13 years, and the Hoyt Arboretum Friends in Portland for six.
Since getting involved with the Hoffman Center, he has helped the board with financial planning and projections.