Ashley P. Clinkscale
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications And Impact Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications And Impact Officer, Ashley Clinkscale enters her third season with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2022-23.
With over 15 years of experience, Clinkscale leads the day-to-day and long-term communication strategy for the organization including driving the strategy and communication around the team’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Additionally, Clinkscale leads the organization’s efforts alongside key community partners to raise awareness and address important issues in the community, with the goal of positively impacting underserved kids and families where they live, learn and play. Bringing solid experience with leading global sports campaigns and QSR, her vast experience in strategic planning, media relations, community partnerships and crisis management have garnered successful campaigns.
In her first year with the organization, Clinkscale established a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department philosophy and started the first Racial Injustice Initiative. In addition to her work in DEI, she strategically restructured the Community department to lead to a greater impact in the community and beyond.
Clinkscale played a crucial role in leading the team in efforts to resume basketball games at Moda Center in the 2020-21 season and ultimately in bringing fans safely back to the building later that season. This included leading proactive communication efforts, maintaining up to date information from league communications partners, working with local government and more.
Clinkscale has led innovative and content driven approaches to compliment brand objectives via strategic public relations campaigns, media tours, press conferences, public affairs, marketing and community communication efforts. Clinkscale’s repertoire of clientele includes AT&T, NCAA, Major League Soccer (MLS), Zaxby's and Feld Entertainment.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, Clinkscale led communication strategy for the Oklahoma City Thunder as Director of Corporate Communications. In addition, Clinkscale previously supported in-house consumer campaigns for The PGA of America, CSE, St. John & Partners, Moroch Partners and Greenville Drive (MILB).
A native of Greenville, S.C., Clinkscale received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University. Ashley and her husband, Bernard, reside in Northeast Portland.