Delaware County Council Welcomes New Director of America250PADelco

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Released: August 25, 2023

Delaware County Council unanimously appointed Andrea Silva as the Director of the America250PADelco. The role of the department will be to plan and promote celebratory events and activities in Delaware County, as part of the nation-wide effort to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026.

As Director of America250PADelco, Ms. Silva will coordinate efforts by local municipalities, non-profit organizations, and residents to help residents from Delaware County and across the region better understand and appreciate American history and the benefits of civic engagement.

“I’m excited about this amazing opportunity to engage all members of the Delco community in our county-wide celebration,” said Ms. Silva. “Leading up to July 4, 2026, our entire nation is preparing for a diverse commemoration. We have a chance to pause and learn from our history, celebrate our achievements, and build an engaged community for a strong future in Delaware County.”

As Director, Ms. Silva will work to engage all members of the Delco community in a county-wide celebration that highlights 250 years of local American history, elevates diverse stories, inspires service, and invests in Delaware County. The community can visit to learn how to participate.

Ms. Silva brings a background in nonprofit leadership, diplomacy, fundraising, and arts education. She has been instrumental in cultural, education, and civic initiatives that engage volunteers, diverse communities, and high-level stakeholders in and around the Philadelphia region for over twenty years. She recently served as the Interim President and CEO of Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia region’s nonpartisan, public diplomacy, and international exchange organization, administering the City of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Program and the U.S Department of State’s leadership exchange programs.

“Delaware County is very fortunate to have Ms. Silva, who is incredibly qualified to lead this effort,” said Delaware County Council Member Christine Reuther. “She comes to this position with a perfect blend of expertise, and we’re really excited to see the County and America250PADelco showcase its role in the establishment of our nation as we approach 2026 and the Semiquincentennial.”

As a long-time resident of Wallingford, you’ll find her gardening and hanging with her Delco-native husband, two children, and rescue dog.

Congratulations Andrea, and good luck!

The America250PADelco Commission

Delaware County also officially established the America250PADelco Commission on August 15, 2023. The new commission will work with community partners to facilitate the raising of funds to support commemoration efforts in conjunction with the America250PADelco Committee.

Appointed by Delaware County Council, the America250PADelco Commission will include representatives from Delaware County Council, Visit Delco, the America250PADelco Committee and up to sixteen community leaders from a broad range of backgrounds and have a diversity of expertise and experience in tourism, economic development, museum, cultural, and historic sites, business, education, labor, charitable giving, government, civic and faith-based organizations, and Tribal affairs.

Andrea Silva Director of the America250PADelco

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