Heart of Las Cruces Representative
September 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Las Cruces City Councilor District 1, Miguel G. Silva, representing the “Heart of Las Cruces.” He is also an English Adjunct Professor at Dona Ana Community College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University; and the current Chair of the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley Board (ASCMV). Silva has more that 25 years of solid waste management experience, was City of Las Cruces Initial Recycling Coordinator for five years, and served as the NMSU Recycling Manager for two years.
Like his parents, Julia Parra Silva and Zenon Silva, Silva grew up with traditional family values, a strong work ethic and belief in public service. His families go back more that 100 years in the Mesquite and San Miguel communities. His advice for young Hispanics is “to get involved in their communities;" and "to never give up.”