Mayor G.T. Bynum named Christina da Silva as his new Deputy Chief of Staff beginning Jan. 14, 2019.
“Over the last two years, Christina da Silva has proven herself to be uniquely thoughtful in her work and passionately committed to those historically overlooked in our city,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I am excited for her to take that work to the next level in a new capacity as my Deputy Chief of Staff. In this role she will be empowered to incorporate her policy work across a broader spectrum, while also assisting Deputy Mayor Amy Brown and Chief of Staff Jack Blair with their daily management responsibilities. Christina is one of the great leaders in our city, and I am thankful she has agreed to serve the citizens of Tulsa in this position.”
da Silva will be filling Amy Brown’s former role as Brown moves into the Deputy Mayor position on Jan. 14. da Silva currently serves as the Director of Community Development and Policy for Mayor G.T. Bynum and leads the New Tulsans Initiative, which involves implementing the comprehensive roadmap for building a more equitable Tulsa while fostering connections between all immigrants and long-term residents.
“I’m beyond thrilled to work with Amy and Jack in this new role and look forward to helping guide policy that will build a stronger and more equitable workforce here at the City,” da Silva said.
In her new role, da Silva will continue to oversee the New Tulsans Initiative and provide strategic planning and project management services at a larger scale for the Mayor’s Office. Education and community engagement will be two areas of focus.
“With my work on the New Tulsans Initiative, I will continue to bridge relationships within the community as the City strives to become a more effective partner to improve education outcomes and promote civic leadership among Tulsa’s youth,” da Silva added.
Prior to her role for Mayor G.T. Bynum, da Silva worked for the Community Service Council as a Community Planner and Program Coordinator focusing on Hispanic family engagement and improving educational outcomes among Hispanic students.
da Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature and German Language & Literature from Western Washington University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science at OSU-Tulsa where she is a Graduate Research Assistant.
da Silva is an active member in the community and serves on the Birth Through Eight Strategy Advisory Committee, Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Tulsa Assistance League and the Hispanic Young Professionals. In her official capacity with the City, she serves on the Gilcrease Museum Board of Trustees, Tulsa Park and Recreation Board and the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE).