Cindy Silva was first elected to the City Council in 2006 and was re-elected to the Council in 2010. She first served as mayor in 2010-11; she was selected as the 2012-13 mayor by the Council this past December.
As mayor in 2011, Silva founded Walnut Creek Community Service Day, which she still co-chairs. Community Service Day 2012 featured 1,200 volunteers contributing more than 5,000 hours to help 45 community projects for schools, libraries, open spaces, parks, the arts, and community service organizations. The Community Service Day effort was honored to receive a 2012 Helen Putnam Award for excellence from the League of California Cities.
Prior to her election to the City Council, Silva served on the Planning Commission from 2004-2006, including two years during which the City was updating and adopting General Plan 2025.
In her role as a council member, Silva has served on the Council’s Housing Committee, Finance Committee, Community Development Block Grant and Community Service Grants Committee, and the Youth and Family Services Committee. She has served on ad hoc committees for economic development, for the planned improvements to Broadway Plaza, and for the Walnut Creek Transit Village. She currently serves as the Council liaison to Walnut Creek Downtown; she was previously a liaison to the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Tourism Business Improvement District, to Rossmoor and to the Diablo Regional Arts Association.
Regionally, Silva is one of two members of the City Council representing Walnut Creek on the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, a joint partnership with other central county jurisdictions that manages garbage and recycling services.
This year, Silva is serving as the president of the East Bay Division, League of California Cities, which comprises the 33 cities of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Previously, she was a Division director. At the state level, Silva has served as a member of the League’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). She currently is one of 16 city representatives on the League’s Strategic Initiatives Task Force. In 2009, she served on the League’s Community Services Committee. In September 2010 and again in 2011, she appeared as a panel member during the League’s annual conference, speaking on how cities are surviving the fiscal crisis.
From 2008-2010, Silva was Walnut Creek’s representative to TRANSPAC, the regional transportation planning committee of Central Contra Costa; she served as chair of TRANSPAC in 2010. Through this group, Silva led efforts to find regional solutions to local transportation and safety issues, including school crossing guard programs, major roadway improvements, and bike-pedestrian enhancements.
On behalf of the Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Silva serves as a member of the East Bay Regional Communication Systems Board, a JPA that is building a two-county interoperable radio system.
A resident of Walnut Creek since 1984, Silva has been an active community volunteer for more than 20 years. As a community member, she co-chaired Authors under the Stars 2010 and 2012, the annual gala for Walnut Creek’s libraries; she serves on the committee for the East Bay Women’s Conference; she is in her eighth year on the committee for the One City One Book program; and she serves on the Action for Beauty Council.
Silva is a past president of the PTSA for Las Lomas High School (2003-2005) and past member of the Board of both the Las Lomas and Walnut Creek Intermediate parent organizations. For Las Lomas, she also served on the WASC Accreditation Committee and on the Student Carpool Parking Committee. She was a liaison member of the Las Lomas Foundation Board of Directors. She received the California State PTA Continuing Service Award in 2005.
From 2005-2010, Silva served on the Measure A Oversight Committee for the Acalanes High School District. She previously served on the district’s Revenue Committee. She is a former director of the Walnut Creek Education Foundation. In 2001, she co-chaired Measure C for the Walnut Creek School District, a parcel tax that funded lower class size for grades 4-8; she subsequently served on the committees for funding measures for the Walnut Creek School District and Acalanes High School District in 2002 and 2005.
For our libraries, Silva co-chaired the Yes -- A New Walnut Creek Library Committee, working for passage of Measure R (Fall 2005) and Proposition 81 (June 2006). She has served as a member of the City’s Library Advisory Team and worked with the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. She was a member of the campaign committee for Measure Q, which brought extended library hours to Walnut Creek (2002).
Silva also has been active in youth and youth sports programs in the community. She served as a director and scholarship chair of the Walnut Creek Fountain for Youth Foundation. She served on the Board of Directors of the Walnut Creek Soccer Club for six years (1999-2004), managing fields, game scheduling, referees and registration. She is a past president and four-year member of the Board of the Walnut Creek Swim Conference (2001-2004). She is a past mother advisor of the Concord chapter of the Rainbow Girls, a Masonic youth organization. In 2004, she served on the Sister City committee for the visit of the youth soccer team from Siofok, Hungary.
Silva has 30 years of business experience in marketing and communications in industries as diverse as telecommunications, biotech, and the non-profit sector. Since 1980, she has owned her own consulting business -- originally Eisley Communications, Inc., now Eisley Silva Communications.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Silva has a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a native of Santa Cruz, California. She and her husband, Tom, have a daughter, Katie, who is a 2005 graduate of Las Lomas High School and 2009 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.