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Council Member
Cindy Silva

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~ Brian Hirahara
   Downtown business leader

Cindy is a passionate advocate for local businesses and for creating local jobs — from Downtown to our neighborhood shopping centers and Shadelands Business Park.

Effective Leadership. Real Results.

Cindy Silva has been a member of the Walnut Creek City Council since 2006. She has served as Mayor three times (2011, 2013, 2019). Prior to her first election to City Council, Cindy was a member of the Planning Commission (2004-2006) and a long-time community volunteer.

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Cindy is serving this year as President of the League of California Cities.

A California native, Cindy was born and raised in the coastal community of Santa Cruz. She was fortunate to receive a full-tuition academic scholarship to the University of Southern California. Following college, she worked in Los Angeles and Chicago before moving to Walnut Creek in 1984.

Cindy and her husband, Tom, have been married for 37 years. Their daughter, Katie (2005 Las Lomas graduate) lives with her husband, Carson, and three small daughters in Seattle. 

Multi-faceted business background
  • 40-year marketing/business communications career in industries as diverse as healthcare
    (Hill Physicians Medical Group), high-tech (PeopleSoft, now Oracle), biotech (Nektar Therapeutics), telecommunications (AirTouch International, now Verizon/Vodafone), and

  • Owner of marketing/communications consulting firm since 1980

  • Summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California (full academic and financial-need scholarship); masters work in communications management at USC's Annenberg School of Communications

  • Graduate, Leadership Contra Costa and Walnut Creek Citizens Institute

History of community leadership
  • Walnut Creek Community Service Day – founder, co-chair (2011-present)
  • Hospice of the East Bay – director, past board chair (2015-present)

  • Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation – director (2013-present)

  • Walnut Creek Sister Cities International – director, treasurer (2013-present)

  • Downtown Heritage Walk co-producer

  • Walnut Creek 100 (Centennial) Steering Committee (2013-2014)

  • Walnut Creek Education Foundation – director (2000-2002)

  • Las Lomas High School PTSA – president, board (2002-2005)

  • Walnut Creek Library Capital Campaign (2007-2010)

  • School and Library Funding Measures (2002-2005)

  • Youth Sports: Walnut Creek Swim Conference (president/board) (2001-2004) and Walnut Creek Soccer Club Board (1999-2004)

Respected regional and statewide city official
  • League of California Cities, state president, Board (2015-present)

  • Statewide Housing Policy Committee, chair (2016), member (2010-present)

  • California Seismic Safety Commission, chair (Governor-appointed in 2017, 2021)

  • Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, chair (2017), executive committee (2014-2019)

  • Recycle Smart (Central Contra Costa), chair (2015), director (2011-present)

  • East Bay Regional Communications System, director (2007-present)

  • TRANSPAC, chair (2010), board member (2008-10)
    (Central Contra Costa Transportation Planning Committee)

  • League of California Cities East Bay (Contra Costa/Alameda), president (2013), director (2010-2014)

Dedicated community volunteer
  • One City, One Book Steering Committee

  • California State PTA Continuing Service Award

  • Acalanes Union High School District Measure A Oversight Committee

  • Walnut Creek School District Strategic Planning

  • East Bay Women's Conference Committee

  • Yes for Walnut Creek!

  • Fountain for Youth Foundation

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If you're involved in a non-profit, you have 
probably met Cindy.

~ Natalie Inouye, non-profit leader

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