Alonda Thomas is the Chief Communications Officer and Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Jackson State University. She is responsible for university brand and reputation management, marketing, media relations and strategic communications. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and her master’s degree in integrated marketing and management communications from Florida State University where she served as a university fellow and taught public speaking. Alonda is a sought-out speaker on media relations, branding and crisis communications. She is recipient of the PRWeek 2021 Hall of Femme Women to Watch Award and the PRNews 2023 Top Women Award.