Edward Silva is from Northern California. He is a 2012 graduate from the University of California, Davis where he studied international agricultural development and minored in technology management. He comes from a production agricultural family background and grew up on a farm. During my undergraduate years, he completed internships with the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger, the Northern California Perishable Foods Council, and the Northern California World Trade Center, as well as served as a UC Davis Agricultural Ambassador.
Silva has been fortunate to have gathered an array of international experiences, including an internship with the U.S. Consulate in the Azores, conducting volunteer work in Germany, studying in Switzerland, and working on a rural lighting project in Zambia. Through the FFA International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program, he visited Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to learn about international food and agricultural trade and production. Most recently, he completed an internship in Environment, Science, Technology and Health at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.
Silva is now back in U.S. and has been working at the UC Davis Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center as well as leading an agricultural start-up called Henlight. When not working on either of those, he enjoys hiking, biking, and has recently begun brewing.