Donniell Silva is an associate director of programming at the Milken Institute, where she focuses on content development and session curation—connecting global thought leaders with the Institute’s mission of increasing global prosperity by widening access to capital, creating jobs, and improving health. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Silva served as director of programming at Concordia, working to maximize global impact of social and economic initiatives by promoting public and private sector collaboration. As director, Silva was in charge of determining the strategic direction of programmatic content as well as defining avenues of substantive engagement for the Concordia community.
Prior to Concordia, Silva applied metrics to Commitments to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative, developed environmental campaign strategy with Greenpeace, conducted policy research and analysis in the House of Representatives, and worked with the Moroccan Ministry of Health to prioritize rural health education and access with the Peace Corps. Silva speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, and Taschelheit. Her passions, both personally and professionally, relate to issues including good governance, refugees and migration, food security, inclusive diversity, and gender parity, particularly within the Middle East and North Africa.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Silva volunteers regularly, most recently with the University Neighborhood Housing Program assisting with low income tax preparation in the Bronx, community rebuilding efforts during Clinton Foundation Days of Action, and as a mentor with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Silva holds a master’s degree in international political economy and development, with a specialization in development economics from Fordham University and an MA joint honours in international relations and art history from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, U.K.