Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Projects
In his 20th year at the Rose Quarter, Oxley holds the position of Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Projects for the Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. His focus is on special project initiatives and strategic partnerships with key external stakeholders, with the goal of aligning those relationships with overall corporate strategy. Oxley’s executive role has also expanded within Vulcan, Inc., parent company of the Trail Blazers, to include a strategic business advisory role for Vulcan Arts + Entertainment.
Additionally, Chris oversees h Club London & h Club Los Angeles, leads a development project in New York and is responsible for business operations for African safari camps in Botswana and Zambia. His driving goal in managing these diverse businesses is to create exceptional moments that entertain and inspire.
A key example of Oxley’s dedication to innovative business development was the development of the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational basketball tournament, which was one of the most successful non-franchise events in the history of the campus. Previously the organization’s SVP of Venue Operations, Oxley managed a significant renovation of the Trail Blazers practice facility and oversaw several capital campaigns that infused the Rose Quarter with critical new entertainment infrastructure to enhance the fan experience.
His culinary vision led to the creation of many new food, beverage and catering offerings that are now considered an innovative model for professional sports venues. An established leader in sustainable venue operations, he also led the charge for the Moda Center to be the first professional sports venue to achieve LEED Gold Certification for an existing building.
Oxley began his career in many notable Colorado venues and is a graduate of Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration. In addition to a diverse mix of professional duties, Oxley maintains a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to regional growth. He serves in board-executive leadership positions with the Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland Inc. and Oregon Sports Authority. He resides with his family (Suzan, Jackson and Maxwell) in the Multnomah Village neighborhood in Southwest Portland.