Silvia was born in Ecuador to a family of entrepreneurs, where she learned the value of hard work, creativity, resilience, and integrity. Silvia obtained her law degree in International Law and Arbitration while working on her own startup company, employing and training several women from indigenous communities.
In 2002, Silvia and her family came to the USA as a graduate student, earned her degree in International Intelectual Property Law from the University of Minnesota, and then re-joined the Ecuadorian Foreign Service. As a diplomat, Silvia represented the nation of Ecuador in Washington D.C. and in Minnesota for almost two decades. Silvia was the founder of the first two initiatives focused on protecting immigrants' rights in the Ecuadorian Foreign Service. Both, the Centro Vida y Salud and el Centro Legal provided free services to all immigrants and were established within the premises of the diplomat post.
During her tenure as a diplomat, Silvia also founded the South American Trade Forum, where she proposed and help establish the Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Brazilian Honorary Consulate. After her retirement from the Foreign Service, she has served as a consultant on economic growth based on social capital to different organizations across North, Central and South America.
She is an alumni of the FBI Citizens Academy, where she started the task force for the Opioid Abuse Prevention Program. Silvia also co-founded the Center for Women in Leadership and Diplomacy and the Latina Leadership Institute. With a passion for sustainable development and providing opportunities to the most vulnerable, Silvia volunteers for many organizations focused on protecting immigrant and women’s economic rights.