Meet Our Executive Director, Ashley Basile Oeken

Ashley Basile Oeken, Executive Director Meet our Executive Director, Ashley Basile Oeken! Ashley is Engage! Cleveland’s first Executive Director and is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of Engage! Cleveland (E!C).

Ashley moved to Cleveland’s westside four years ago after completing both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Youngstown State University. Since the move, Ashley has discovered some Cleveland favorites: Huntington Beach, Rocky River Reservation and Crocker Park.

When Ashley isn’t busy in the office she is contributing her time as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Saint Luke’s Foundation where she serves on the finance/audit and resilient families committees. She is also actively involved in the Cleveland Area Alumni Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), Youngstown State University Alumni Association and Friends of the Sutliff Museum. Oh, and did I mention she is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2012, the spring 2009 Civic Leadership Institute and is an (i) Cleveland mentor.

She bestows her all in every endeavor- it’s no wonder she was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Top 25 under 35 Movers and Shakers by The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club and Inside Business in 2012 then was later featured in Inside Business Magazine as the One to Watch!

Although she remains consistently active, Ashley doesn’t miss out on the excitement of life in Cleveland. She shared with us her favorite Cleveland pastimes. She states, “There are so many great things to do in Cleveland that it is hard to pick a perfect night out…however, in the summer months I love eating dinner on the patios on East 4th Street and then heading out to an Indians baseball game. Other times of year, I love grabbing dinner in Little Italy and watching a musical at Playhouse Square.”

Ashley hopes to continue the growth of EC, “As a startup organization, there is always a learning curve…I hope EC continues to build out its infrastructure and offers some great programming in the remainder of 2013.”  With the implementation of program committees and the Young Professional Organization Collaboration Council, EC is developing with momentum this year. Ashley explains, “EC is fulfilling a need to help the city really connect its young professionals to the community here. I am so happy to know that EC exists and is so valued by the community.”

Watch out Cleveland, with Ashley’s enthusiasm and knowledge, EC is bound to have an innovative year! Stay tuned to EC’s newsletters for updates on new initiatives, professional development, and ways to get involved in your community!