Samanthika De Silva moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. When she first moved to the United States she only spoke two words of English; Yes and No. Within a short period of time she quickly emerged in to the American culture but at home she had a Sri Lankan upbringing. After graduating high school she attended the University of California Davis. At Davis she took the opportunity to embrace her culture and stand apart from other minority groups. She wanted to make sure everyone she met knew where she was from. Any opportunity she got she spoke about Sri Lankan and her culture. In hopes of educating more people and making a difference as a Sri Lankan, she joined a Chicana/Latina Sorority. Through this organization she educated a lot of her college peers about Sri Lanka and her upbringing. Today she is a branch manager for a financial institution. She loves fashion, reading, traveling and spending every moment possible with her family. What she enjoys most about life is giving back to the less fortunate. Her greatest passions are animals. In her spare time you can find her volunteering her time at animal organizations.
As the SLYO Los Angeles president for 2014 her vision is to make SLYO stronger and grow. She hopes to be able to create opportunities for the youth to give back to the less fortunate. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give is what she lives by every day