Silvia was born in Mexico near the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. She immigrated with her parents and brother by way of the later U.S. – Mexico Immigration Agreement, known as The Bracero Program that guaranteed legal residency to male farm laborers and their families. She and her family settled in San Jose, California where she grew up with her four brothers and sisters surrounded by fields of blooming orchards. She attended public school during a time lacking in any sort of bilingual education. As a result, she learned to speak English in the span of a few years and found herself advocating for her family at a very early age.
Although, the public school system was difficult to navigate, she never lost sight of her desire to learn. Even though she was the first female in her family to pursue a higher education, she grew up watching her father read about a vast array of subject matters including world religions, Mexican and U.S. History, and Latin American literature. With this as her foundation, she attended San Jose State University via the School's Puente Program and received support and encouragement to pursue her interests in languages, Chicano studies and ultimately law. It was during her time at San Jose State University that she met Dr. Febe Portillo. Professor Portillo encouraged Silvia to travel to Madrid, Spain to study Spanish literature, and it was Professor Portillo who ultimately encouraged Silvia to pursue her law degree at one of the oldest public interest law schools in the country, New College of California School of Law.
As president of La Raza Law Student Association, Silvia was instrumental in increasing diversity on her campus. New College provided the perfect background for her to pursue the study of law from a social justice perspective. While in law school, she interned in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office under the leadership of Terrance Hallinan and later Kamala Harris. In 2001, Silvia made her way to the Central Coast where she served as Regional Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens, a national civil rights organization. Concurrently, she worked for Santa Cruz County Counsels’ Office where she worked primarily on adult protective and child protective issues.
While in law school, she met her husband David Morales at a La Raza lawyers’ annual banquet. David had recently graduated from Hastings Law School. Shortly after meeting her, he invited her on a tour of the San Francisco Appellate Courthouse where he worked as a staff attorney. They were married several years later by Supreme Court Justice Moreno in San Francisco City Hall. Silvia and David currently live in Santa Cruz County and have three wonderful children David I. Morales, Aaron A. Morales and Genevieve N. Morales.
Silvia couldn’t be better suited for her job as Outreach Coordinator. She is passionate about increasing diversity on campus while fostering the schools commitment to excellence. She maintains a consistent caring demeanor and organic inclination toward advocacy that is very much valued at PCS.