Daniela Silva

Austin City Council, District 3

She will be the first out queer 1st generation American on the Austin City Council!


Daniela Silva is a first-generation American. She volunteers with the Austin Justice Coalition, Community First! Village, and others, and supports environmental justice and equity-oriented transit development. Daniela has been involved with the League of Women Voters in advocating against gerrymandered maps and supporting voting rights by becoming a VDR. She’s worked tirelessly to support local food systems and reduce barriers to food access through her work at Texas Farmers’ Market and Farmshare Austin. Her continuous efforts to promote, advocate, and protect the environment have involved leading park cleanups, supporting native plant restorations throughout the Austin community and metropolitan parks, serving as a “Big” in Big Brothers Big Sisters, operating communications, volunteer coordination, and resource distribution during Texas’ deadly Winter Storm Uri. She has volunteered at a free clothing pop-up for the residents of Camp Esperanza and served food to neighbors at Community First! Village. She currently serves on the City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Resource Advisory Commission and will be the first out and proud openly queer 1st generation Latina to serve on Austin City Council.

Elle was raised in Marengo and attended Iowa State University, graduating with a communications degree. She is a born and raised farm girl, who managed 160-400 acre farms consisting of grain crops such as corn and soybeans in Marengo. Her family owns two Iowa wineries– Ackerman Winery in the Amana Colonies and Fireside Winery in Marengo. She resides in Marengo and is the proud parent of two daughters.


Professionally, she spent almost two decades as an account executive with UPS. Elle also served as chairwoman of the company’s LGBTQ Business Resource Group where she grew from 30 to 130 members, making it the company’s largest group in the country outside its headquarters. In 2018, she was selected to be a member of the UPS Public Affairs ambassador program working with members of Congress. Recently, Elle began a new chapter in her career working in Air Cargo Sales at UPS Airlines.

Elle is an outspoken LGBTQ+ activist who began her transformative journey in 2010. Elle is committed to being a role model and resource for LGBTQ+ youth by living as her authentic self. Elle currently serves on the board of directors for One Iowa and has been keynote speaker to LGBTQ+ youth at many events across Iowa. She is also a member of the Iowa County Democratic Party’s Central Committee and the Economic Development Committee of the Iowa County Board of Supervisors. Most recently, she was honored by the Principle Foundations as a leader for women in Business.

Related Content