Allison Silberberg
Vice Mayor of Alexandria

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“We are all the temporary stewards of this national treasure

        called Alexandria.”

                                                           - Allison Silberberg

“Silberberg has shown considerable courage as a council newcomer in standing against her fellow members on the waterfront redevelopment issue. We hope that other councilors will join her in working to ensure that the heart of Old Town remains livable.”     


                              - The Alexandria Times editorial, March 21, 2013



Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg attended a Capitol Hill reception, which was hosted by Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner. (April 9, 2013)


Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg spoke at the annual Street Smart Public Safety

event. (October 22, 2013)



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Allison Silberberg with children who helped her campaign, handing out stickers and walking cards. (Early June 2012)


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In honor of Arbor Day, Allison Silberberg planted a Chinquapin oak tree in historic Parkfairfax at 3571 Martha Custis on April 27, 2012. This is the third tree Allison has dedicated in Parkfairfax, where she has lived for the past 20 years. Standing with Allison (left to right): Parkfairfax staff Trolley Faison, Paul Johnson and Donald Cunningham, Parkfairfax horticulturist Neal Howlett and Parkfairfax resident Scott Knudsen, who donated the tree for Allison to plant. Scott is the founder/director  of the Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale. Allison thanked Neal and Scott for working with her on this project and for donating their expertise, time and the tree. Allison dedicated the tree in memory of Remy Gunther-Brown, who had compassion and a big heart and who will be sorely missed. (1983 - 2012) (Photograph by Wayne Hulehan)  Read the story in Patch.

Allison’s Schedule

Please join Allison for her

Campaign Kickoff!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

2 - 5 pm

@ Los Tios

(2615 Mount Vernon Avenue)

No charge. Contributions of any size appreciated.


Allison’s next

Council on Your Corner

will be in late March.

Details to be announced.

Share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with Allison at her monthly

“Council on Your Corner” gatherings, which are at a different local spot each time.

Pastries, coffee and juice will be served. A voluntary contribution of $5 is appreciated.

Many thanks to Union Street Public House, Clyde’s, Dos Amigos, Ramparts, Tempo,

St. Elmo’s, and the Charles Houston Recreation Center for hosting our gatherings thus far!

Many thanks to all the folks who have joined us for each “Council on Your Corner.”

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Remembering the 2012 Campaign!

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Learn about Allison’s Community Work & Public Service.


Allison Silberberg thanked Alexandria firefighters for their service at the Friendship Firehouse picnic on September 23, 2012.

(Photo by Wayne Hulehan)

(Nothing contained herein implies an endorsement by the Alexandria Fire Department

or the City of Alexandria.)


Allison’s Latest Media Highlights

Gazette Packet: “Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille may join McAuliffe Administration,

        Prompting Special Election” (December 11, 2013)

WAMU (NPR): Alexandria Sets 90-day Ultimatum for use of Eminent Domain

       (November 20, 2013)

The Alexandria Gazette: Alexandria City Council Issues 90-Day Ultimatum to

        Boat Club   (November 21, 2013)

Patch: Alexandria Officials Hope for Compromise But Unwilling to Drop

        Eminent Domain in Boat Club Feud   (November 20, 2013)

The Washington Post: Alexandria, boat club to resume talks on riverfront

        parking lot for 90 days   (November 20, 2013)

Alexandria News: “Alexandria City Council sets 90-day Limit on Negotiations

        with ODBC; Leaves Eminent Domain an Option” (November 20, 2013)

NBC4: “Alexandria Officials Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Acquire

        Old Town Parking Lot” (November 19, 2013)

Allison Silberberg’s Column:Keep Old Town Old Town” on Patch, in

        The Alexandria Times and Gazette Packet (October 31, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “Half a Loaf, Sort of: City waives $1 million affordable housing

        contribution; Council to consider restoring half next year.” (October 23, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “Lois L. Walker Dies at 73” (October 17, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Editorial: Presenting a Worthy Agenda for City Council

        (September 12, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “City Leaders Consider Eminent Domain if Boat Club Rejects

        Final Compromise: Eights years of negotiation coming to a dramatic conclusion

        on the waterfront.” (September 5, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “City Attorney Gave Green Light to Hensley before

        All Documents were Reviewed” (August 8, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “City Attorney Determines No Impediment to Hensley Lease,

        but Record Remains Unclear” (August 1, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “Public Land, Private Gain: Developer wants to transform

        city-owned park into sports complex” (July 18, 2013) 

The Alexandria Times: “Moran: Don’t Expect Federal Aid for Metro Project

        (June 28, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Hunting Point Residents Call on City Council for Help

        (June 27, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Hunting Point Residents Fear Rising Rents,

        Fees will Force Them Out” (June 26, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “A Sporty Proposal” on Page 3 (June 26, 2013)

Patch: “ACVA says Farewell to Merrie Morris” (June 21, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Alexandria City Council puts an end to Set-Aside Kerfuffle

        (June 19, 2013)

Gazette Packet: Vice Mayor Silberberg’s Column:

        “How Did that Happen? A Tale of Two Funds” (May 29, 2013)

(Also in Alexandria Times)

Gazette Packet: Photo at the 2013 Alexandria Armenian Festival (June 1, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Fiscal Feuding over Budget Set-Asides” (May 23, 2013)

The Washington Post: “Alexandria alters dedicated fund for affordable housing,

        open space during budget rush” (May 14, 2013)

Gazette Packet: “Horse Trading at City Hall as Council Members Approach

        Budget Deadline” (May 2, 2013)

Patch: “Beauregard Plan OK’d Amidst Pleas for More Affordable Housing

        (April 13, 2013)

The Washington Post: “Alexandria rezones Beauregard Plan” (April 13, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Library hours could be cut under proposed budget

        (April 4, 2013)

Patch: “Vice Mayor Silberberg’s ‘Council on Your Corner’ in Old Town

        (April 4, 2013)

The Alexandria Times: “Editorial: Old Town must be protected from Consequences

        of Redevelopment” (March 21, 2013)

Patch: “Letter to the Editor: Hill Supports Silberberg’s Waterfront Compromise

        (March 6, 2013)

Patch: “Letter to the Editor: Desfosses on Silberberg’s Waterfront Compromise

        (March 5, 2013)

WAMU: “Community Battles Back Against VDOT Construction in their Backyard

        (March 1, 2013 -- Written & Audio version)

Huffington Post: “Folk Legend Pete Seeger Joins Alexandria Waterfront Debate

        (February 28, 2013)

Patch: “Folk Legend Pete Seeger Joins Alexandria Waterfront Debate

(February 28, 2013)

Patch: “New Alexandria City Council Installed

(January 3, 2013)

Alexandria News: “New Alexandria City Council Takes Office

(January 3, 2013)

Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Analyzing Voting Results

(November 15, 2012)

The Washington Post: “Alexandria Democrats unseat GOP incumbents

        (November 6, 2012)

Alexandria Times: “Democrats Sweep Alexandria City Council Election

        (November 7, 2012)

Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Democrats Sweep Alexandria City Election

        (November 8, 2012)

Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Alexandria City Council Election Returns:

        Precinct by Precinct” (November 7, 2012)

Alexandria News: “Staying the Course: Alexandria, Virginia, The Nation

        (November 7, 2012)

Alexandria News Editorial: “Candidates Victorious” (November 7, 2012)

Read the General Election Results (November 6, 2012)

Read the General Election Results, Precinct by Precinct (November 6, 2012)

Alexandria Gazette Packet & on Patch: “City Needs Consensus Builder

        (Letter to the Editor by Helen R. Desfosses, November 1, 2012)

Alexandria Gazette Packet & on Patch: “Committed and Energetic

        (Letter to the Editor by Suzanne Lachelier, November 1, 2012)

ACTion Alexandria: “What does the Last Saturday of the Month mean to You?

        (Essay by Allison Silberberg, October 26, 2012)

Patch & Gazette Packet:

Letter to the Editor: Why Alexandria Needs Allison Silberberg

        By Eileen Cassidy Rivera (October 24, 2012)

Gazette Packet: “Letter to the Editor: New Voice for the City

        By Ruth T. Woods (October 24, 2012)

Washington Jewish Week:

On the Campaign Trail: Allison Silberberg runs for City Council

(October 10, 2012)

EMILY’s List endorsed Allison Silberberg, August 28, 2012.

Guest on “The Politics Hour” of The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU.

    Waterfront Hot Issue for Silberberg on the Campaign Trail

All Media Hits are on Media.


    Allison Silberberg’s Platform in 2012

Fought for a compromise for the waterfront plan and would have liked the City Council to make it a “people’s” waterfront, and will continue to push for a small, permanent band shell in Oronoco Bay Park for cultural events and gatherings to build community.

Proponent of public-private partnerships and philanthropy to reach out to civic-minded citizens who believe in this national treasure called Alexandria.

As the Chair of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) from 2010 to 2012 and as an EOC member since 2004, Allison is a proven, passionate advocate for affordable housing and job creation and has worked on a wide range of legislative priorities on behalf of the most vulnerable.

Demand smart/creative development around mass transit.

Staunch commitment to economic sustainability, fiscal responsibility and Alexandria’s AAA bond rating.

As a former educator, strong supporter of early education, small classrooms, tutoring and apprenticeship programs for city’s youth.

Having taught in Anacostia and as the author of a top-selling book about individuals making a difference through innovative social programs, Allison is committed to ESL and GED programs, which lead to jobs and self-sufficiency.

Envisions a city-wide beautification jobs initiative program by coordinating with The Corps Network, which is similar to President Roosevelt’s CCC program.

Determined to leverage relationships with national historic preservation entities to further Alexandria’s historic character and to preserve open space. Insistent that city leadership not try to be like National Harbor and its future gambling destination. Regarding the future of Old Town, Allison wrote a column that ran in the Metro section of The Washington Post in December 2011.


Allison Silberberg with Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe at a fundraiser for his gubernatorial race. (February  2013)


“We have to ask ourselves, ‘What kind of a city and community do we want to live in?’ If we know our core of who we are, then we would know that we are not National Harbor and that BRAC should have never come to pass. To me, Alexandria is like Bedford Falls from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ and we should not try to be what we are not, which is Pottersville, which is fine for other communities but not for us. There is only one Alexandria, and we should stick to our knitting if our beloved city is going to survive another 400 years. It all starts with knowing your core vision. Alexandria needs leadership that has that core vision in the marrow of its bones.”

                                                                       - Allison Silberberg


Allison Silberberg with Former Governor and Senator Tim Kaine, who is an outstanding U.S. Senator for Virginia, at the ADC’s JJ Dinner,

June 9, 2012.


Allison Silberberg:  A Quick Bio


        Vice Mayor of Alexandria. Elected to City Council on November 6, 2012.    

        Served as Secretary/Treasurer, a corporate officer, for the Metropolitan

            Washington Council of Governments, 2014.

        Author of two books, including “Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People

            who are Changing our World,” which hit #1 on Amazon’s Philanthropy &

            Charity list. Named a Finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year

            Award in 2009.

        Freelance writer/Communications consultant.

        Chair of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC),

            2010 - 2012. Appointed EOC member, 2004 - 2012. Focused

            EOC’s legislative priorities on affordable housing and job creation.

        Initiated and led EOC’s annual public service day, “All Hands on Deck,”

            which did a makeover of the Alexandria Community Shelter in 2011.

        Former Capitol Hill staffer for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen.

        Founded and led a nonprofit that mentored youth in Anacostia.

        20+ years of community outreach work and public service.

        Launched and directed monthly charitable events that gave over $50,000

            to local nonprofits.

        Serves as an honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble.

        Served as president of the board of the Georgetown Senior Center.

        Served on The World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee.

        Longtime member, Alexandria Democratic Committee.

        Resident of Alexandria since 1989 and in historic Parkfairfax since 1992.

        B.A. in international relations and history, American University.

        M.F.A. in playwriting, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.

        - Learn more about Allison’s community work and political experience.


   - To read an in-depth biography, please visit the BIO page.


Allison Silberberg with Delegate Charniele Herring at the Democratic Business Council

on October 5, 2012. The previous day, Delegate Herring gave a rousing introduction for

Allison at a fundraiser at Clyde’s, hosted by Jerry and Ed Bernier.



Scooping ice cream and making a difference for Carpenter’s Shelter:  Allison Silberberg with Nathan Wilson and Natalie Battaglia, two employees of Ben & Jerry’s in Old Town, 2012.

(Photo by Courtney Bishop)

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Campaign Kickoff!
Sunday, March 1, 2015 
2 - 5 pm
@ Los Tios
(2615 Mount Vernon Avenue)