Ms. Joumana Silyan-Saba carries extensive expertise in conflict management, cultural diplomacy, intergroup relations, and public policy. She currently serves as a Director of Strategies against Violent Extremism (SAVE) in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Public Safety. As the inaugural Director of SAVE, she has taken a public health model aimed at building inclusion, social cohesion, and community resilience to reduce hate, bias, and violence. With her collaborative leadership, this work has garnered national attention, prompting Los Angeles to be featured at the White House in 2015, where she was invited to brief Vice President Joe Biden.
Previously served as Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and worked on complex social challenges. She has conducted trainings with the U.S. Department of State on community-law enforcement partnerships in both Nepal and India. Featured expert speaker at national and international conferences; including a panel presentation with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Ms. Silyan-Saba is the recipient of the 2017 Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award from the International Visitors of Los Angeles (IVCLA). She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement and received her M.A in Negotiation and Conflict Management at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she served an Adjunct Assistant Professor.