Fred Silva began his career in international student services and admissions at the University of Northern Iowa before joining Kettering University as assistant director of international admissions and, later, Furman University as assistant director of admissions and coordinator of international admission. Most recently, Silva worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where he served as acting manager, recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to various sponsored programs.

Silva has a BA in general studies from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and is completing an MA in postsecondary education with a specialization in student affairs also from UNI. Silva has been a contributing member of international education professional organizations. He has served as a faculty member for the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) annual conferences, has been a member of the Latin America committee for the Council of International Schools (CIS), and presented at the annual National Association of International Education (NAFSA).