Silvia is the CEO of Hera-Labs, a business accelerator for women-owned small businesses. She is also the co-founder of Hera Fund, an angel fund for female angels investing in female founders, and an angel investor in female-focused endeavors. Prior to her current endeavors, Silvia was the Director of the Teams in Engineering Service program at the Jacobs School of Engineering; an Instructor to over 200 students on social entrepreneurship, project management, and leadership; and a Commercialization Analyst at the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. She holds a BS in Biology from Pepperdine University, an MBA in Business Strategy and Marketing from UC San Diego, and a PhD in Marine Biology from UC San Diego. Silvia is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and an advocate for special needs children focusing on ability awareness and advocacy for mitochondrial disease and childhood cancer. Silvia enjoys traveling with her husband and beach days with her three children.