Ana Pinto Da Silva MDes '05
Ana Pinto da Silva serves as CEO for Minka, Inc. Ana’s work synthesizes her interests in design, storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies with her deep passion for creative collaboration. Ana’s previous experience includes being Principal UX Design Lead for Amazon, including work in immersive technology envisioning, game development, architecture, and interactive media. She has lead design across a wide array of projects including healthcare, education, civics and workplace productivity. Her work has garnered several awards including the Al Falah from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and a Webby Worthy Award in 2003. In addition to her media work, Ana has been an instructor at San Francisco State’s Multimedia Studies Program developing and teaching courses on the history of interactive media and portfolio development.
Ana is deeply committed to serving the creative community. She is the founder of the Seattle Pecha Kucha speaker series, one of the longest running PK city series in the world. She currently serves on the board of directors for 4Culture, as board Vice-President for Design In Public, and most recently has been an adviser to the Seattle Waterfront Design Oversight Committee. Ana received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and her MDes from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow’s serving as class valedictorian in 2009.