VP, Regional, San Jose
650.562.6200 ext. 124
Silvia Scandar Mahan leads Innovate’s San Jose team, bringing together our community organizing, research and policy work, and schools expertise to realize our vision of a world-class school for every student in San Jose.
Previously, Silvia led Innovate’s Communications team, which develops and executes our subscriber communications, web development, social media strategy, content development, and press relations. She also managed Innovate’s partnership with GreatSchools, expanding the accessibility of school data and advocacy tools to low-income and Spanish-speaking parents.
Before joining Innovate, Silvia founded and ran an e-commerce company and online art community where she led product development, partnerships, and online marketing.
A native of Miami, Florida, Silvia holds a BA in Economics from Harvard College and a JD from Georgetown Law. During law school, she interned at the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in Cairo, Egypt, where she researched and responded to inquiries from women regarding their rights under Egyptian law. She had the honor of representing the organization at the IMF/World Bank 2008 Spring Meetings. Silvia also has experience producing social impact films, and was a volunteer digital producer for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.
She is passionate about civic engagement and quality education for all. She previously served as Bay Area board chair of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit re-imagining civics education.