Areas of Expertise
- Branding and brand alignment
- Collaboration and consensus building
- Development of design systems
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Ilona oversees all communications activities including content development; video, animation, and infographic production; events; and social media outreach. Collaborative, strategic and passionate about education and communication, she brings almost two decades of experience to her role. Ilona has deep expertise in branding and design and specializes in translating complex research findings into accessible, visually dynamic formats that engage stakeholders and inform practice.
She centers the audience in her approach to communications, taking the time to understand client needs and working closely with them to deliver products of 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 was also a founding creator of Portland Advertising Federation’s “Colaboratory,” a multidisciplinary 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.
- B.S., Graphic Design, Art Institutes International Minneapolis
At family get togethers, you can find me...
At the kids' table starting a craft or organizing a skit.
When not at work, you can find me...
Jumping into a river,
My favorite simple pleasure is...
Picking berries, swimming in natural waters, and checking on my garden each morning.