Cara Ely
Creative Director, Zynga Inc.

Cara Ely is a Creative Director at Zynga Inc. based in both Seattle and San Francisco. She led the creative team for the launch of Zynga’s first social hidden object game, Hidden Chronicles, and is now working on several new titles. Cara has been making casual games since 2000, and has shipped more than 60 titles as a Creative Director, Designer and Producer. Prior to joining Zynga, she was a Creative Director at I-play Games where she launched a variety of puzzle and arcade titles and created the Dream Day hidden object series, which generated more than 60 million downloads. Cara also worked on the best-selling You Don’t Know Jack and Hoyle Games series at Sierra Online. Cara was previously named one of the 100 top women in Seattle tech, and has appeared in USA Today, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Inside Social Games, Gamezebo, The Seattle Times and Seattle Magazine. When she’s not playing hidden object or puzzle games, she is always up for a round of Yahtzee.