PORTLAND, Ore. (June 20, 2023) – The Portland G League team, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers, has announced Hannah Grauert as the franchise’s President. Grauert comes to the role with a ten-year history of working with the Portland Trail Blazers and the NBA, and most recently from roles in event planning and innovation at Nike and Microsoft.
“We are thrilled at Hannah’s return to our organization and are excited to see her lead our G League team in her new role as President,” said Dewayne Hankins, Portland Trail Blazers President of Business Operations. “Hannah’s innovative nature and dedication to our community combined with an expansive knowledge in project and event management are vital as we head into a new chapter of Rip City basketball.”
Grauert joined the Trail Blazers in 2007 as a Ticket Operations Coordinator and in her 10 seasons with the Trail Blazers, she touched almost every aspect of the business, from fan development and community programming to leading the youth basketball program. Grauert managed elaborate consumer-focused events as well as the creation of communication and brand plans to launch the innovative Community Player Ticket Program.
“From the start, Rip City has always held a special place in my heart as I grew up around the Trail Blazers and developed my early career here,” said Hannah Grauert, Portland G League President. “Returning to the excitement of fans and stepping into the role of President is an absolute honor and I look forward to leading this team to success as we enter a new era of development and expand basketball in our Portland community.”
Born and raised in Portland, Grauert’s local roots run deep as a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and Athletic Administration. After her time with the Trail Blazers, Grauert expanded her community-focused project and program management experience to other Pacific Northwest businesses such as Microsoft and Nike. At Microsoft, Grauert dove into event management, negotiating with crucial vendors and suppliers while managing budgets for global event opportunities. During her five years at Nike, Grauert combined her passion for social & community impact and grew her skillset in project management, most notably working on a program in partnership with NBA and WNBA teams called Game Growers. In her most recent role as a Manager on the Engagement & Innovation team within Consumer Direct Marketing in North America, she focused on creating meaningful programs to spark consumer engagement like Nike Give which is part of Nike’s ongoing commitment to amplify and support organizations who are uplifting their communities through sport, allyship and advocacy.