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Women’s History Month: Anya Zaytseva

Every March, we celebrate National Women’s History Month, and we are proud to highlight the women on our team who are leading at Pronto and in their communities.

How did you get into this role? 

At Pronto, I lead our electrical hardware team. Our job is to put all the electrons in a row, to connect the “brains” of Pronto’s AHS technology to the physical systems that make the truck operate. In this way, my job is to work with both sides of our stack to create this bridge. 

I first picked up my electrical design skills as a hobbyist, and through developing several artistic installations, I was able to hone my skills to an engineering level. Eventually, I connected with Pronto as they were looking for someone to build the electrical hardware on our trucks, and today I am managing a team. For a good while there, I was the only person in this role, and it’s been so rewarding to see our team grow and the technology we built be deployed around the world.

What is a typical day like for you? 

Each day varies, which is part of the fun of my job. Some days I’m deep in design conversations and brainstorming with the software and mechanical teams. When I’m on a worksite, I get hands on with the systems in our trucks, testing out the technology. You will also find me constantly under my microscope, focused on creating the circuits that make our robots tick. 

What excites you about working at Pronto? 

All of the amazing people I get to work with everyday. I am so truly grateful to work with such a brilliant and lovely team. We all share a deep passion in what we do and we create our work deliberately and collaboratively.

What keeps you excited and busy outside of work?

I moonlight as a sculptor! My medium is big steel and I’m super super grateful for the amazing artistic community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The nature of art at large scale is inherently collaborative and offers a space for impressive teamwork and exercise of agency.

Could you share a story about a woman who helped you as a leader or mentor and what she meant for your career today? 

I’m super grateful for Cat, our CTO.  I’ve worked with her at Pronto for over four years now, and it’s been truly a joy to have shared this journey together building this company and technology from nearly day one. 

I find a lot of inspiration in the way Cat owns her work, her team, and her passions. She unequivocally loves what she does, which is infectious, and an attitude I always work to cultivate in my own passions as well.