Ana Mengote Baluca, IDSA

Ana Mengote Baluca, IDSA
Leader, IDSA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) | 2020-2022

Ana is a Designer on a mission to use Design as a tool for building a more socially equitable world. Always curious, she's a believer that good design comes from asking the right questions. She feels the most alive when she's finding solutions at the intersection of Design, Data, Business Strategy and Social Equity. She aims to shed light on the importance of economic accessibility as an often overlooked aspect of Design.

Privileged to have grown up in Asia, the US and Europe, her experience as a third-culture kid has always been a major driver of integrating cultural heritage and sensitivity in everything she works on.

As the Creative Director and founder of lowercase innovation, she has partnered with Girls Congress and the US embassy in the Philippines to host innovation workshops for local universities, has launched a multilingual open data lake, and is actively working on multiple other projects, while studying to get her LEED accreditation and preparing for a Master's program in Economics.