Ilona serves as the director of communications at Education Northwest. She provides project oversight for all communications activities including content development, video, animation, and infographic production, events, and social media outreach. Collaborative, strategic and passionate about education and communication, Ilona brings almost two decades of experience to her role. She brings a deep expertise in branding and design and specializes in translating complex research findings into accessible, visually dynamic formats that engage stakeholders and inform practice. Ilona takes an audience-centered approach to communications. She takes the time to understand client needs and then works closely with them to deliver products that will have maximum impact for a wide range of audiences. She has developed integrated brand systems for several organizations and has designed everything from award-winning websites to infographics to annual reports.
Prior to joining Education Northwest, Ilona taught design at Portland State University and worked with education, healthcare, and hospitality brands across the country. She also was a founding designer of Colaboratory, a multi-disciplinary internship program for communications, design and marketing students.
Ilona attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and earned a bachelor of science from The Art Institutes International Minnesota.
“My role at Education Northwest marries two things I am passionate about: branding and education. I love to help bring relevant, compelling information to life with thoughtful strategy."