Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Engagement
Trail Blazers Vice President of Corporate Communications, Michael Lewellen, APR, has directed the Trail Blazers’ corporate communications, business communications and public engagement strategies since 2012. His role also includes leadership of public and civic affairs, and media communications concerning Rip City Management, Moda Center, Rose Quarter and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Lewellen's award-winning career over the past 30-plus years includes senior positions with Nike, Turner Sports, Fox Sports Net, Black Entertainment Television, NBC Universal and Heart of Florida United Way responsible for media strategies, reputation management, sports and entertainment publicity, crisis response and brand communications. A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Lewellen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is an accredited public relations practitioner through both the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators. Career honors include the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute; the National Black Public Relations Society Founders Award for achievements in the public relations profession; and numerous other awards for communications campaigns and media tactics. Locally, Lewellen is chairman of the board of directors for the Urban League of Portland; and a member of the All Hands Raised board of directors and the Corporate Advisory Board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. He is also the father of three children – Brandi, Elliott (deceased) and Ethan; and has three grandchildren.