Mika Elizabeth Ono

Chief Communications Officer

Mika Elizabeth Ono came to the University of Redlands as editorial director in 2016. Initially recruited primarily as editor of Och Tamale magazine, she took on increasing responsibility, overseeing University-wide social media channels and launching the Bulldog Blog, which now receives more than 100,000 page views per year. During early 2017, she also served as interim director of media relations. Ono was appointed interim chief communications officer in August 2019 and chief communications officer in October 2020.
Prior to joining the U of R, Ono spent 16 years at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where she rose to director of communications. In this role, she headed the communications department and served on the executive leadership team. In addition to publicizing cutting-edge biomedical research, she spearheaded internal and external communications for milestones including a Nobel Prize, presidential appointments, and numerous multimillion-dollar gifts and grants.
Ono’s consulting work has included penning the memoirs of a former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; editing the autobiography of a Japanese-American Buddhist minister; writing white papers on scientific advances to cure a degenerative eye disease; composing book reviews for Essence magazine; and co-authoring a cookbook, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2010), which won the San Diego Book Award.
Ono holds a master of arts degree in international affairs (with concentrations in business; information and communication; and law and social change) from The Fletcher School at Tufts/Harvard University and a B.A. in English literature from Reed College, where she earned induction into Phi Beta Kappa, among other honors.

Office of the Chief Communications Officer

University Communications produces the creative and editorial content of publications, including Och Tamale magazine, the Bulldog Blog, and all manner of promotional materials; media outreach and social media campaigns; Web presence; multimedia creation; and publicity for news, events, and stories that showcase the University community and its distinctions. The office also coordinates with Public Safety and other units on issue/emergency communications.