It’s no secret that Dona might be a *little* obsessed with technology especially as it relates to integrating into other industries. She lives her passion for making tech “invisible” to customers so they can focus on “getting it done” every single day and has for over a decade. Her absolutely favorite thing to do is have conversations with customers about their goals and how tech can help.

Currently, she leads developer engagement for Microsoft HoloLens where she works with a multidisciplinary team of software engineers, product managers and designers to create and ship the world’s first Holographic platform’s SDK, code samples, dev tools, documentation and videos.   She is absolutely loving learning alongside the community on what makes a great mixed reality app.

“Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon!” Wait, don’t actually do that. //way too much fun with the Microsoft HoloLens photobooth

She fell in love with the friendly VR/AR/MR community and is currently running a series of #HoloHacks for HoloLens on weekends in partnership with these groups.  You can read about one attendees’s write up here. Lights! All-nighters! Holograms!

Kicking off Seattle #HoloHacks: 45 hours of friend-makery and creation.

Previously she led the engineering team for the Windows Driver Portal, the central hardware and driver signing service for the Windows brand: the “one stop shop” for hardware companies to manufacture & certify devices running Windows as well as owning the global launch strategy that entices first-time Windows hardware developers to opt into the ecosystem

Driver folks definitely know how to drive a great Mardi Gras party!

From 2005 till 2013 she led engineering teams on various parts of the Windows platform such as the Backup/Restore and Roaming Settings features of Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1

Debugging roaming and restore issues is more fun with friends! Right guys? Guys?

The Search and App-to-App features in Windows 8

This group is definitely not up to troublemakery. Not even a little bit.
This group is definitely not up to troublemakery. Not even a little bit.

A giant pile o’ Windows 7 components such as Start Menu Search, Explorer Search and Open/Save

Looking at customer feedback from the Windows 7 beta

She started her Microsoft career owning device heavy features such as Autoplay, Bluetooth, Format UI (for floppy disks–eeek!) and the first Blu-Ray integration into Windows.

Vista ship party circa November 2006
Vista ship party circa November 2006

She spends a bunch of time playing with tech outside of work. Most recently, she’s working on a wearables project because she’s tired of wearables that are contraptions rather than fashion.


She’s also very excited about her new 360 degree camera which will uplevel her pictures a *tiny* bit beyond the glam ones above.



Engineer + Author + Fashion Designer + more!