ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
As a graphic design and communications expert, Paris Ashton is Creative Director with the Office of Graphic Communications (OGC), and brings three decades of experience to the Commonwealth.
Working with the Governor's office, state agency representatives, and private partners, Paris has been the creative lead for numerous projects and statewide initiatives including the recent launch of the Governor's employee engagement initiative, OnTheSquareVA.
Projects include the Virginia Rules Instructor's Kit and web design for the Office of the Attorney General, the Governor's Office New Parent Kit and the Virginia Outdoors Plan for the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Paris supported strategic communications efforts for the Office of the Secretary of Technology, designing communication materials that included the agency's strategic plan, technology initiatives and conference agenda. Invited by the Department of the Treasury, Paris served as the creative consultant and created design proposals for the Commonwealth's Commemorative Quarter. Her designs were given to the Governor and the U.S. Mint and presented to the public for a vote. She also served on the Executive Committee for the Civil Rights Memorial Symposium and Dedication, consulting on communication strategy, event planning and fundraising and designing informational and promotional materials.
Previous Experience and Education
Paris worked in a variety of private graphics communications and marketing positions and at a high-quality printing company before joining the Department of General Services. She also established her own freelance design business and has been an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University's School for the Arts.
Paris graduated from VCU's nationally recognized School for the Arts, with honors, where she also attended the Master of Fine Arts program.
Professional Memberships and Recognitions
Paris has been a member of the Virginia Government Communicators and of AIGA, the professional association for graphic design. Her work is recognized by the Center for Digital Government, Graphic Design USA, PRSA: Public Relations Society of America, AIGA, PIVA (Printing Industries of Virginia), the American Library Association and the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators).
For a presentation of the OGC's portfolio or to discuss a new project, email the Director, Paris Ashton or call (804) 371-8359.
About the Office of Graphic Communications
Learn more about the OGC, a full-service creative office offering a wide range of services.
For general questions:
• Email Director Paris Ashton
• Call (804) 371-8359.