Silvana Rodriguez

Research Fellow, Digital Impact and Governance Initiative

Silvana Rodriguez is a fellow with the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) at New America.

Silvana was the Director for Strategic Partnerships in the Americas at ConsenSys, leading the global blockchain company's work with the LACChain alliance driven by the Inter-American Development Bank to build the blockchain infrastructure for Latin America. 

Prior to that as a U.S. diplomat with the State Department from 2006 to 2018, Silvana most recently served as the Senior Partnerships Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, where she focused on public-private partnerships exploring blockchain use for international development. Her diplomatic career also included assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia covering peace process issues and overseeing landmine removal programs, in Washington D.C. covering Russia's foreign policy and political-military affairs, at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar working on political and human rights issues, and at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

Before joining the State Department, Silvana spent several years in consulting as an Associate at AALC (formerly Armitage Associates), where she assisted defense and energy clients with projects in East and Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, and the United States in identifying joint venture partners, developing market entry strategies, and mitigating political risk.  

She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Silvana was named one of The Huffington Post's “40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy” and has served on the Board of the Hispanic Employees Council of Foreign Affairs. She was also selected to serve on Project 2049 Institute delegations to Japan and Taiwan and on Women of Color in Blockchain Delegations to Congress.