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    Sona Jones

    Chief Operating Officer

    What inspires Sona?

    My family, travel, philosophical conversations about non-serious topics, science, Snapchat power users

    Sona oversees marketing and operations at Chicago Ideas, leading the overall communications and content strategy, while working on annual organizational planning.

    Prior to joining Chicago Ideas, Sona worked in marketing across a number of entertainment and media entities. Most recently, she led brand marketing at BucketFeet, a Chicago-based footwear startup, with a focus on social responsibility through storytelling. Prior to that, she was Director of Consumer Activation at The Onion / A.V. Club where she oversaw marketing and sponsorships for the publication’s annual Music Festival, Comedy Festival, and SXSW events. At Rand McNally, she led the production of a Travel Channel TV-special based on a national digital platform called Best Of The Road.

    She began her career in consumer marketing at Sony Pictures working on films such as Spider-Man, and later, as the midwest regional manager for the studio’s in-theatre marketing team. Sona is a graduate of The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Viterbi School of Engineering.

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