Sona Jones is the head of marketing and media at Chicago Ideas and leads overall communications and content strategy. Prior to joining Chicago Ideas, she worked in marketing across a number of entertainment and media entities. Most recently, she led brand marketing at BucketFeet, a Chicago-based footwear startup, focused on social responsibility through storytelling. Prior to that, Jones 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. Jones 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 USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Viterbi School of Engineering.