As JVA’s bilingual and bicultural evaluation and research associate, Silvia Solis provides expertise on collecting and conveying qualitative research data and analysis in English and Spanish. Her expertise lies in community engagement and facilitation of groups from diverse communities. Silvia has worked as an educator in the United States, Mexico and Spain and has experience with cross-cultural group dynamics—ranging from Zapotecas in Oaxaca to Bedouins in Israel. She has a background in communications and media, having worked on strategy as well as report the news in English and Spanish at the Texas-Mexico border. She leads and contributes to multiple projects advocating for and working from a framework of equity.
Silvia’s experience at JVA includes the following:
Road to Reading Initiative Partners | Community Engagement
Road to Reading hired JVA to conduct a community engagement project, which Silvia led, to improve connections between families and support services around early language and literacy, as well as to identify strategies and implications for replication of engagement efforts across other communities in Denver.
Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County | Communications Research
The Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County hired JVA to conduct a research project, which Silvia led, to inform the development and implementation of a transcreated Spanish language public awareness campaign on pregnancy-related depression and anxiety.
Office of Behavioral Health Strategies | Landscape Scan and Research
Silvia led a research and evaluation project for the Denver Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health Services to identify best practices for the Transition from Jail to Community model through the collection, analysis and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data.
Tri-County Public Health | Program Evaluation
Silvia led a research project for the Tri-County Health Department to assess its Community Health Team project and identify effective practices and areas of opportunity through the creation of research tools and collection, analysis and synthesis of qualitative data.
Silvia received her M.A. in media, culture and communication from New York University and her B.A. in communications and marketing from Texas A&M International University. She participated in a summer program at New York University Tel Aviv, studying cross-cultural dynamics in stressful environments across Israel.
Silvia serves on the board of directors and the programs committee for Intercambio in Boulder, Colorado. Intercambio provides English language education and resources to help participants build connections, cultural awareness and confidence. She also participates as a co-lead for the Census 2020 Complete Count: Immigrant and Refugee Subcommittee, contributing to and coordinating outreach and engagement strategy to ensure these populations across Denver are fairly and accurately counted.
Silvia enjoys exploring outdoor spaces in and around Longmont, where she currently resides with her husband, her daughter Emma, and their Labradoodle puppy, Poima. She is also an avid lover of Bikram Yoga.