Allison Silberberg
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia (2016-2018)

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“We are all the temporary stewards of this national treasure

        called Alexandria.”

                                                           - Mayor Allison Silberberg


Mayor Silberberg’s Record of Leadership

I was honored to serve as Mayor and am very proud of our many accomplishments, which included many game changers. As a city, we have now taken a giant leap forward on many fronts.

Served as Mayor when the City of Alexandria joined forces with Arlington

    County to put forward our winning proposal for Amazon HQ2 and the Virginia

    Tech Innovation Campus. Amazon will be in Arlington County, and the $1 billion

    Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will be two miles down the road in Alexandria.

    This is a game changer for our city, our region, and the Commonwealth of

    Virginia. This is the largest business deal in the history of the Washington,

    D.C., area. In addition to undergraduate and graduate students and top-flight

    faculty, the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will bring together entrepreneurs,

    venture capitalists, and start-ups. Already an innovation hub, Alexandria will

    now be a key part of a major technology center in the nation. Furthermore, this

    deal will certainly ensure that we are continuing to diversify our economy so that

    we are not so tied to the ups and downs of the federal government.

Tackled head-on a range of environmental and infrastructure issues that

    have been neglected for years and even decades.

Approved a plan to resolve the City’s longtime sewage outfall issues for all

    four outfalls (rather than three) and to partner with AlexRenew. Proud to

    have pushed hard for the city to address all four outfalls rather than three.

    Lobbied Congress and the Virginia General Assembly for funding.

Tripled the dedicated funding for the Affordable Housing Fund.

Approved and built three new schools in one term -- a first for Alexandria.

Increased significantly the city’s budget commitment to our schools. Focused

    on creating a far more collaborative relationship between the Council and the

    School Board.

Doubled long-overdue street repaving, tackling over 130 lane miles in two years.

Quintupled the number of trees planted across the city from 200 trees to 1,000

    trees per year. Launched “Greening Up Alexandria” and set a goal

    to increase our city’s tree canopy from 34% to 40% in one decade. Convened

    a strategy meeting of local tree advocates, nonprofits, civic associations,

    and city staff to jump start the planting of native trees across the city.

    Increased beautification efforts across the city.

Approved a plan to build the Potomac Yard Metro Station after discussion

    and consideration for at least 20 years.

Reached an historic low unemployment rate of 1.9%. The city’s unemployment

    rate dropped a whopping 39% during my term as Mayor.

Reached an historic low crime rate for Part 1 Crime, which dropped by

    over 13% during the term.

Alexandria named safest city in the nation for 2018, according

    to PennyGeeks.

Alexandria named 2nd safest city in the nation for 2017, according to

    SmartAsset research.

Initiated and passed ethics reform to increase transparency and trust in

    local government. Proposed additional measures to be adopted in the future.

Initiated and drafted the Council’s Statement on Inclusiveness, which has

    garnered national attention.

Approved the city’s Racial Equity Initiative.

Signed on as a Climate Mayor.

Committed our city to work toward 100% renewable energy.

Championed civic engagement and fought for the open mic tradition.

Initiated and drafted the Council’s Resolution for Common Sense

     Gun Reform Laws.

Strengthened Alexandria’s relationship with the Housing Authority (ARHA) to

    upgrade and increase affordable housing, increasing collaboration between the

    city and ARHA.

Led successful effort to prevent a new proposed tax on Old Town businesses,

    known as the BID tax, which was opposed by the majority of the Old Town

    business community. Pushed for the City to increase funding for beautification

    and marketing efforts.

Adopted City’s Strategic Plan for FY 2017 - 2022.

Maintained Alexandria’s AAA bond rating, saving the city millions of dollars.

Established the Senior Advocacy Roundtable, joining forces of nonprofits,

    foundations, the Commission on Aging, and city staff to meet our seniors’ needs.

Adopted the Age-Friendly Plan, the first one in Virginia, and endorsed by AARP

    and WHO.

Created the Arts District in North Old Town.

Formed the Clergy Council to discuss community concerns and unmet

    social needs.

Initiated and drafted the Council’s Resolution to Combat Hate and Hate Crimes.

Added the 1770s’ Murray-Dick-Fawcett house to our historic preservation

    stock, the most significant addition to our city’s portfolio in half a century.

Accelerated and completed the renovation of Windmill Hill Park after

    18 years of discussion and planning.

Built the Patrick Henry Recreation Center.

Rebuilt Warwick Pool and its park as well as Waterfront Park and Lake Cook.

Encouraged civic participation and philanthropy to help renovate our parks.

    With thanks to local nonprofit partners, civic associations, and community

    partners with the city, other parks were renovated during this term,

    including: The Pit in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, Powhatan Park, Taney

    Avenue Park, and Commonwealth Avenue Park near the Chick Armstrong

    Recreation Center.

Renovated two of our four libraries.

Added Sunday hours and more maintenance for our libraries.

Added more traffic enforcement across our city to ensure public safety.

Passed the Vision Zero Plan to increase public safety for pedestrians, cyclists,

    and drivers.

NextGen911, which will greatly improve public safety response time, was

    established and will make emergency response faster and more accurate,

    thereby saving lives.

Committed our city to be Stroke Smart Alexandria -- the first city in

    the nation to be a Stroke Smart city.

Brought together under one roof all the offices of the Department of Community

    and Human Services, combining DCHS with the Alexandria Health Department

    and Neighborhood Health, and that whole entity will be located on the West


Worked with the Howard Hughes Corporation as they secured more

    ownership of Landmark Mall and began the community engagement process

    for this important site.

Planned for expansion of the Old Town Farmers Market to Royal Street and

    possibly beyond.


Former Mayor/State Senator Patsy Ticer and Allison Silberberg at the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala in March of 2015. Thanks to the Friends of the Commission for Women for its “Tribute to Patsy Ticer” in March 2018. Patsy is sorely missed.


Getting Things Done!

Maria Andrade and her sons, Hugo and Angel, with Allison Silberberg.


    In the spring 2015, Allison met with Maria Andrade and her two sons, Hugo and Angel. At age 7, Hugo (in the center) was trick-or-treating on Russell Road in 2013 when he was struck and nearly killed by a car. Despite three surgeries for a broken leg and kidney damage, Hugo, now age 9, has made a miraculous recovery and has shown great courage.

    Neighbors on Russell Road reached out to Council for help. Allison responded. They banded together to make Russell Road safer. Here is what the neighbors wrote:

    “Police reports indicate that over 80 accidents, including 16 hit-and-runs, occurred on Russell Road between 2005 and 2013 in which out-of-control vehicles rammed cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, trees, and even a house. However, despite these dangers, and our multiple appeals to the city for help in traffic calming since 2001, all we received were Band-aids.

    “In the fall of 2013, we called and emailed several city officials in desperation after a harried delivery driver struck a 7-year-old trick-or-treater in front of our homes. Allison was the only one who personally responded. Not only did she respond, but she stood on our sidewalk during evening rush hour to truly understand the problem that we have been asking city officials to help solve for more than a decade. She worked tirelessly with us, our neighbors, city staff, and the local civic association. Within six months, she transformed our street. We are so grateful. Allison gets things done!”   

                                                 - Chris Tyson and many families of Russell Road


A Champion for Citizens of All Ages

     Passionately committed to seniors, Allison Silberberg stands with supporter Mary Langley. Soon after becoming Mayor, Allison established the Senior Advocacy Roundtable, bringing together leaders from our nonprofits that serve our seniors, the Commission on Aging, INOVA Alexandria Hospital and relevant city departments. In our meetings, we focus on finding ways that all these entities can join forces to ensure we are meeting the needs of our seniors. Working together, we have gotten better results. It is exciting to see the energy and enthusiasm as these leaders brainstorm new ideas and collaborate to make things possible for our seniors and make the outcomes even more successful. Working with the Commission on Aging, in 2018 Allison and the Council adopted the Age-Friendly Plan, the first one in Virginia and endorsed by AARP and WHO.


Inclusiveness: Standing Together

Allison initiated and drafted, and the Council signed, the City’s Statement on Inclusiveness on November 29, 2016, regarding our city’s dedication to inclusiveness:

Alexandria, Virginia, is a city of kindness and compassion.

We are a thriving community of engaged residents with strong ideals of peace, community service, and both shared and diverse cultures.

Our city declares itself to be a hate-free zone. We are an accepting and embracing community where we treat each other with human dignity and respect. There is no place for intolerance in our community. This is a core value of our city.

In recent times, many of our neighbors, families and children have expressed fear and apprehension, and there has been an increase in hateful and dangerous speech and acts nationwide. Recognizing everyone's First Amendment right to freedom of speech, we are also dedicated to freedom from fear.

People of diverse culture, race, color, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and persons with disabilities live and work together in Alexandria and bring pride and prosperity to our community.

On behalf of the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, and the people we serve, we reaffirm our responsibility to ensure that each person within our jurisdiction is accorded equal protection under the law, including the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and the Virginia Constitution, and those set forth in the Alexandria Human Rights Code.

We proclaim that we remain committed to diversity and to fostering an atmosphere of inclusiveness that respects the dignity and worth of every person without regard to race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status, and we declare that we denounce hate speech, hate crimes, harassment, racial bias, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant activity, and harmful bias and discrimination in all forms.


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“Historic preservation is a core value of our community, and it needs to be a core value of our elected leadership. I will never sell City Hall.”

                                                                - Allison Silberberg


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


As Vice Mayor, Allison Silberberg spoke at the annual Street Smart Public Safety event. (October 22, 2013)


“City Hall is not separate from the people. City Hall is the people.”


                                                                         - Allison Silberberg


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


“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


Catch Allison!

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

Allison held her final

Mayor on Your Corner

on Saturday, December 8th

@ Union Street Public House

(121 S. Union Street)

As always, Allison welcomes your input!

Many thanks all those who joined us at these monthly coffees through the years!

“Mayor on Your Corner” gatherings were a monthly coffee where folks joined Allison to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns about any issue. These coffees were held at a number of local spots.

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.

Many thanks to all the folks who have joined us for each coffee.

To let Allison Silberberg know your thoughts about an issue, to invite her to an event, to host a coffee or to get involved, please contact Allison at

Please go to the SCHEDULE page for a complete listing.



Remembering the 2018 Campaign!


Remembering the 2015 Campaign!


Remembering the 2012 Campaign!

Click here to see photos and video from the 2012 Campaign.


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 Silberberg with former Governor 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 Senator Tim Kaine, who is an outstanding

U.S. Senator for Virginia, at the ADC’s JJ Dinner, June 9, 2012.


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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