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    Sona Jones

    Strategic Advisor

    What inspires Sona?

    My family, travel, philosophical conversations about non-serious topics, science, a really good sandwich

    Sona oversees the day-to-day operations at Chicago Ideas, leading overall annual brand strategy and development.

    Prior to joining Chicago Ideas, Sona worked in marketing and business development 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 business development 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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