Karen Jones

Karen
Jones

Adjunct Instructor
Karen Jones
Expertise: 
Entertainment, Leadership, Popular Culture

Karen
Jones

Adjunct Instructor

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Karen Jones is a communications strategist with over two decades of expertise in driving high-impact publicity initiatives for a global entertainment brand. Jones pivoted from her career as a television publicity executive to communications consulting, brand and executive storytelling, and leadership coaching through her company, The Jones Code. 

In her former role as executive vice president and head of communications for HBO and HBO Max (now Max), Jones was a trusted advisor to the C-suite. She led external communications and media relations, including crisis management, and spearheaded all publicity efforts for the award-winning original content slate.

She is committed to fostering equitable access to education and mentoring emerging leaders, especially those from underrecognized backgrounds. Jones serves on the boards of Ready to Succeed and Read to a Child Greater Los Angeles and is a mentor with the Hollywood Radio & TV Society (HRTS). She is a governor of the Television Academy Public Relations Peer Group for the 2024–2025 term. 

Jones began her entertainment publicity career as a unit publicist working on feature films. She is an alumna of Amherst College, earning her BA magna cum laude in French. Born in South Los Angeles, Jones is a second-generation Angeleno.