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with Tom Sherwood on the Hill
WAMU reporter, Tom Sherwood, interviewed Mayor Silberberg on Capitol Hill. 

Columns & Articles by Allison Silberberg

The Zebra
Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center Defines What it Means to Have Friends
Column by Allison Silberberg
March 2022

The Alexandria Times
My View with Allison Silberberg: Why I’m running for mayor
Column by Allison Silberberg
May 6, 2021

The Washington Post
In Alexandria, a safety net seemingly came out of thin air – and then disappeared
Column by Allison Silberberg
October 30, 2020

The Alexandria Times
When “Restoration” Means Destruction
Column by Allison Silberberg
September 10, 2020

The Alexandria Times
A Moment for Change
Column by Allison Silberberg
June 4, 2020

The Alexandria Times
Stay Strong
Column by Allison Silberberg
March 26, 2020

The Washington Post
Alexandria Should be a Leader in Government Ethics
Column by Allison Silberberg
January 30, 2020

Alexandria Gazette Packet
A Mayoral Retrospective
Column by Allison Silberberg
December 24, 2018

The Alexandria Times
Why I’m running for re-election
Column by Allison Silberberg
March 15, 2018

The Alexandria Times
Seniors: Helping Alexandria’s seniors age in place
Column by Allison Silberberg
February 22, 2018

Alexandria Gazette Packet
What would Dr. King say?
Column by Allison Silberberg
July 13, 2017

Alexandria Gazette Packet
A Time of Gratitude, Community & Strength
Column by Allison Silberberg
June 26, 2017

Alexandria Gazette Packet
Tackling Sewage Issue Together
Column by Allison Silberberg
November 16, 2016

The Alexandria Times
A New Shared Sense of Purpose
Column by Allison Silberberg
January 8, 2016

The Alexandria Times
A few thoughts on Old Town
Column by Allison Silberberg
October 31, 2013

Alexandria Gazette Packet
Keep Old Town Old Town (page 11)
Column by Allison Silberberg
October 30, 2013

The Alexandria Times
A tale of two funds
Column by Allison Silberberg
May 30, 2013

Alexandria Gazette Packet
How Did that Happen? A Tale of Two Funds
Column by Allison Silberberg
May 29, 2013

ACTion Alexandria
What does the Last Saturday of the Month Mean to You?
Column by Allison Silberberg
October 2012

The Washington Post
A compromise plan for the Alexandria waterfront
Column by Allison Silberberg
December 2, 2011

The Washington Post
The Moment That Carried This Day
Column by Allison Silberberg (on the Post’s Editorial Page)
January 21, 2008

The Washington Post
A Legacy of Neglect?
Letter to the Editor by Allison Silberberg
July 2007

The Washington Post
Ann Richards Deserved More
Letter to the Editor by Allison Silberberg
September 23, 2006

The Dallas Morning News
Box Holds a Wealth of Valuables: Memories of Nanoo
Column by Allison Silberberg
December 1998

The Dallas Morning News
Can’t Stand that Heavy Settle Music
Column by Allison Silberberg
August 1998

The Dallas Morning News
A Healthy Bond Carries Daughter, Mom Past Illness
Column by Allison Silberberg
August 1997

The Dallas Morning News
Dinner Party Serves Up Some Real Soul Food
Column by Allison Silberberg
December 1996

The Washington Post
Outlook Section
The Woodies Revelation: Can the American Community Rise above the Bottom Line?
Column by Allison Silberberg
November 1995

The Washington Post
Outlook Section
A Film Grows in Anacostia: My Creative Kids, Their Movie – Our Lives
Column by Allison Silberberg
May 1995

The Washington Post
Painter’s Art Celebrates Working Class
by Allison Silberberg
May 10, 1990

The Washington Post
Sandy Spring Students Learn by Doing in Belize: Villagers Teach Traditions to Curious Contingent from Montgomery
by Allison Silberberg
April 12, 1990


Mrs. Nellie Brooks Quander, the Grand Marshal of The Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade in December 2016, chatted with Mayor Silberberg right before start of the parade.
Mrs. Nellie Brooks Quander, the Grand Marshal of The Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade in December 2016, chatted with Mayor Silberberg right before start of the parade. 

A Sampling of Mayor Allison Silberberg’s Statements

Mayor Allison Silberberg’s official statement on the day of the shooting
A Shocking Day
June 14, 2017

Mayor Allison Silberberg’s column/official statement about the shooting
A Time of Gratitude, Community & Strength
June 26, 2017

Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg’s Statement in Response to Misrepresentations 
YouTube
October 30, 2015

After the shooting in Del Ray in 2017, MSNBC invited Mayor Silberberg to Capitol Hill to speak about the need for common sense gun reform laws.
After the shooting in Del Ray in 2017, MSNBC invited Mayor Silberberg to Capitol Hill, and she spoke about the need for common sense gun reform laws.

Mayoral Campaign (Spring 2021)

Mayor (2016 – 2018)

Campaign for Mayor (2015)

Vice Mayor of Alexandria City Council (2013 – 2015)

Campaign for Alexandria City Council (2012)

Mayor Silberberg joined Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for a press conference on Capitol Hill in 2017.
Mayor Silberberg joined Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for a press conference on Capitol Hill in 2017.

Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World

#1 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in Philanthropy & Charity for over two weeks and in the top 10 of that list for five months

Endorsed by Studs Terkel, Pete Seeger, Helen Thomas, Marvin Kalb, & Paul Loeb

Finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award for 2009

Strong praise from the ALA BooklistPublishers Weekly, and ForeWord Reviews

Greenhill School Newsletter
Author Allison Silberberg Revisits Her Roots At Greenhill
December 2, 2009

The Dallas Morning News
Column by Alan Peppard
Visionary’s return
November 22, 2009

Allison Silberberg is Selected Artist of the Month by CultureWorks Collective, November 2009.

Washington Jewish Week
Working well — doing good
by Aaron Leibel
October 21, 2009

Washington Life Magazine
Get Out & Give Back: Visionary In Our Midst
by Jane Hess Collins
September 10, 2010

American University Alumni
Alumni Success Story: Making a Difference, One Alumnae at a Time
by Patricia Natale Oltmann
August 30, 2009

All Hands on Deck

From 2004 to 2012, Allison was appointed to serve on the city’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC), which is committed to advocating on behalf of the city’s most vulnerable and supporting policies that help residents become more self-sufficient. She served as chair from 2010 to 2012, focusing the EOC on job creation and affordable housing, as well as initiating the EOC’s annual public service day, “All Hands on Deck.” In 2011, the EOC’s first “All Hands on Deck” renovated the Alexandria Community Shelter, the city’s shelter for the homeless. This event involved more than two dozen donors, including Home Depot, and 100 volunteers. In 2012, the EOC’s “All Hands on Deck” renovated Community Lodgings. The attached photos show the herculean effort of all of the volunteers for the makeover of the shelter in 2011. It was a tremendous team effort.

Photos by Allison Silberberg

Film Biz Happy Hour

Film Biz was a monthly, schmoozing event that Allison Silberberg founded and organized. Attendees made contacts, had fun, and made a difference. All proceeds from Film Biz went to local nonprofits focused on children at risk and families in distress, giving over $50,000 to local causes and raising awareness about unmet social needs in the region.

The Washington Post (Style Section)
Drinks, Canapes, Action!: The Film Biz Happy Hour Mixing Business & Pleasure
by Michael O’Sullivan
April 1997

Lights, Camera, Action!

Allison founded and served as the executive director of Lights, Camera, Action! (LCA!), a nonprofit committed to helping inner-city teens realize their potential through film. Allison mentored teens in Anacostia at the height of the crack wars in 1994, directing and producing an award-winning short film called Poppy: A Story of Courage. Seven of the eight LCA! participants went on to attend college. (1993 – 1996)

LCA! founder/executive director Allison Silberberg with two of her LCA! participants, Rayvon Hicks and Robby Preston, at the premiere of their film, "Poppy," at the American Film Institute at The Kennedy Center in 1995. The LCA! students received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
LCA! founder/executive director Allison Silberberg with two of her LCA! participants, Rayvon Hicks and Robby Preston, at the premiere of their film, "Poppy," at the American Film Institute at The Kennedy Center in 1995. The LCA! students received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. 

Poppy: A Story of Courage

Directed & Produced by Allison Silberberg
A Lights, Camera, Action! Production
© 1994, Allison Silberberg
All rights reserved.
(Running time: 32 minutes)

  • Winner of a CINE Golden Eagle
  • Winner of an “Excellence in Local Programming Award” from the American Association of University Women
  • Aired on local PBS stations dozens of times.
  • LCA! mentored and taught youth in Anacostia at the height of the crack wars in Washington, D.C.
  • Seven of the eight LCA! participants went to college.

Directed and Co-produced by Dave Hendrie
Produced by Allison Silberberg
A Lights, Camera, Action! Production
© 1994, Allison Silberberg
All rights reserved.
(Running time: 21 minutes)

*Please note: Special thanks to Double R Productions for its generous gift of digitizing LCA!’s two films and NPR story. For a complete list of all LCA! donors, please see the credits at the end of “Poppy.” LCA! could not have achieved so much for the teens had it not been for the generosity of all the donors. LCA! is grateful for each and every donation.

Media about LCA!

National Public Radio, “Weekend Edition Saturday”
Introduced by Scott Simon, reported by Stephanie Griffith, produced by Brenda Wilson. (Running time: 10 minutes)
November 5, 1994

The Washington Post 
Outlook Section
A Film Grows in Anacostia: My Creative Kids, Their Movie – Our Lives
Column by Allison Silberberg
May 1995

Kodak InCamera Magazine
Bright idea teaches filmmaking — and more — to inner-city students
Autumn 1995

The Washington Post
Learning the Art of Movie Making: Anacostia High Project Helps Hone Youths’ Skills, Mold Character
by Anthony D. Diallo
May 1994

The Washington Post
Students Discover Art of the Movies: Anacostia Program Trains Filmmakers
by Anthony D. Diallo
April 1994

The Washington Times
Anacostia students help direct a movie
by Lisa Nevans
September 1994

Articles in the following media in 1994 and 1995:

  • Back Stage (The Performing Arts Weekly in New York)
  • Eastman KODAK’s “inCamera” magazine
  • Eastman Images (Newsletter of the KODAK Worldwide Student Program)
  • American University magazine
  • Washington Jewish Week
  • icom (Magazine for Independent Filmmaking in Washington)
  • Women in Film & Video News (Washington regional chapter)

Stories on NewsChannel 8, local CBS and NBC channels, and an in-depth interview on BET.

Remembering the Campaigns