Ashley McCown is well-known and respected for her keen analytical skills, her calm in a storm, her commitment to results, and her unwavering integrity. As Solomon McCown’s President, she imbues her strategic thinking and values in all agency work.
Ashley directs the firm’s crisis response team and litigation relations practice. She has developed dozens of crisis plans for corporations, institutions and mission-focused organizations, and has played a key role in many sensitive and complex issues including labor negotiations and strikes, accusations of sexual harassment and abuse, state and federal investigations, workplace violence, and community relations for high-profile real estate developments.
C-suite and Boards of Directors also rely on Ashley to develop internal and external communications strategies for significant organizational changes such as layoffs, leadership departures, mergers & acquisitions, and buy-outs.
A forceful presence and compelling voice, Ashley regularly speaks on crisis planning and management before trade associations and communications organizations. The media call upon her to comment on crises and litigation. She has appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg, CNN, PR Week, PR News, O’Dwyer’s and COMMProBiz commenting on many of the pressing issues for businesses and organizations as they rise and fall amidst the current economic and political climate.
Ashley is a member of the Board of Overseers for the MSPCA, a member of the Alliance for Business Leadership, The Commonwealth Institute, and NorthEast Disaster Recovery X-Change. She is past president of the Publicity Club of New England, and in 2006, she won Crisis Communicator of the Year honorable mention at PR News’ PR People Awards.
Ashley has a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College.