County Ethics and Compliance Director Named


The County’s commitment to a culture of ethical conduct and the highest compliance standards has a new leader. Assistant County Counsel Claudia Silva has been appointed director of the County Office and Ethics and Compliance.

Silva joined the County in 2016 after 23 years of experience as a deputy city attorney at the City of San Diego and city attorney for National City. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from UCLA and her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego.

Since joining the County, Silva has worked on numerous land use issues, in addition to her role as assistant county counsel.

“She has earned a reputation as an exceptional attorney and highly respected leader by adeptly overseeing complex litigation, managing department operations, and meeting a wide variety of client needs,” said Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer. “She is held in high esteem by all members of the Board of Supervisors, the County executive team and her peers.”   

Robbins-Meyer said with her extensive law practice experience, Silva will expand and elevate the role of OEC and build a broader more extensive compliance practice.

“We have a strong foundation,” said Silva. “We can build on that foundation and take ethics and compliance to the next level.” She said she is striving for the County’s OEC to become a national model of its kind.

Silva, who will start in her new role on Jan. 11, will also serve as the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) executive liaison and serve on the Diversity & Inclusion Executive Committee. She replaces Joe Cordero, who retired last year.