The Alexandria City Council is composed of a Mayor and six Council members who are elected at-large for three-year terms. Any in-term vacancy is filled by a special election unless the vacancy occurs within six months of the end of the term, at which time a judicial appointment is made.
The Mayor, who is chosen on a separate ballot, presides over meetings of the Council and serves as the ceremonial head of government. The Mayor does not have the power to veto Council action. Council members traditionally choose the person receiving the most votes in the election to serve as Vice Mayor. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the Vice Mayor performs the mayoral duties.
To reach the Mayor and Members of City Council, call 703.746.4500, or
send a group e-mail to the Mayor and Members of City Council . To email a Member or Aide individually, use the links within each bio below. Biographical information presented here is provided by City Council staff.
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Allison Silberberg was sworn in as Mayor on January 4, 2016. She served as Vice Mayor of the Alexandria City Council from 2012 to 2015. Mayor Silberberg is a writer and lifelong advocate for social justice issues. She has worked to promote civic engagement and address unmet social needs.
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Her writing focuses extensively on the role of the individual in effecting social change. She is the author of Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World, an inspiring book that profiles individuals who are making a difference in our country. Endorsed by Studs Terkel, Pete Seeger, Marvin Kalb, Helen Thomas, and Paul Loeb, Visionaries In Our Midst demonstrates what is possible. Allison is also the author of And Life Will Be a Beautiful Dream: A Book about Peggy and Alvin Brown, a commissioned memoir about the meaningful life of a philanthropic family. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and on PBS.org.
In 2014, the Society for Women's Health Research, whose mission is to ensure that women are included in clinical trials, medical research, and drug testing, commissioned Allison to co-author a book. The book will be published in early 2016.
Allison has over 20 years of experience in community leadership and public service, including: interning for Senator Edward M. Kennedy; working as Chief Editor and Chief Research Assistant for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen; starting and leading a nonprofit called Lights, Camera, Action! (LCA!), which used film to mentor youth in Anacostia; grantmaking to local nonprofits; and serving on the World Bank's Community Outreach Grants Committee. For nearly a decade, she hosted monthly charitable events, which gave all proceeds to local nonprofits focused on children at risk and families in distress.
From 2004 to 2012, she was appointed to Alexandria's Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC), which serves as an advocate for the city's most vulnerable. From 2010 to 2012, she served as chair, focusing the EOC on job creation and affordable housing as well as initiating the EOC's annual public service day, "All Hands on Deck."
Allison's accolades include New Hope Housing's 2012 Leadership/Servanthood award for her role in leading the EOC's "All Hands on Deck" project, which renovated the Alexandria Community Shelter. Poppy, a short film she directed and produced with Anacostia teens for LCA!, won a CINE Golden Eagle and an award from the American Association of University Women. Seven of the eight LCA! participants went to college.
In 2014, she served as the Secretary/Treasurer, a corporate officer, for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Currently, she serves as an honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble. She served as the president of the board of the Georgetown Senior Center, 2010 – 2012.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Allison has a B.A. in international relations and history from American University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. An Alexandria resident since 1989, Allison has lived in Parkfairfax since 1992.
A leader in protecting the City's fiscal health, promoting transportation solutions, and ensuring the success of every child, Justin Wilson was elected to the Alexandria City Council in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2015. He previously served on the Council from July 2007 through June of 2009. In January 2016, he was designated by his colleagues as the Vice Mayor.
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Justin serves as the Council representative on the City Council/School Board Subcommittee, the Potomac Yard Metrorail Feasibility Study Group, the Visit Alexandria Board of Governors, the Potomac Watershed Roundtable, the ARHA Redevelopment Work Group, the Commission on Information Technology, the Audit Committee, the Employee Pension/Compensation Committee, and the Quality of Life Committee.
He was an appointee of Governor Mark Warner to the state's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and was an appointee of Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice.
During his previous tenure on the City Council, Justin served on the Youth Policy Commission, the Long Range Educational Facilities Work Group, and the Alexandria Library Board. As the City's regional representative, he served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Human Services & Public Safety Policy Committee.
Prior to his election to the City Council, Justin served as the Chair of the Alexandria Transit Company Board of Directors, which operates the City's DASH bus service, and served on the Budget & Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee. His neighbors recognized his leadership and twice elected him president of the Del Ray Citizens Association.
Justin has been active in Alexandria's non-profit community as a previous treasurer and a member of the board of directors of Computer C.O.R.E., which provides computer training to low-income adults in Northern Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hopkins House, an early childhood education provider.
During his time off of the City Council, he returned to service on Alexandria Transit Company Board of Directors, represented that body on the Alexandria Transportation Commission, and represented the City on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (now NOVA Parks).
He holds a bachelor's of science degree in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
Justin is employed as a Director with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). He lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria with his wife, Alex and their son Eli and daughter Lena.
Willie has been an active firefighter for 24 years, and currently serves as the Battalion Chief of Community Outreach & Public Affairs for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
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As a member of City Council, Willie serves on the following local boards and commissions: Local Emergency Planning Committee, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Air Quality Committee, Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, Alexandria Works! Coalition, Library Board, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, Community Policy and Management Team, and Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy.
In 1998, he founded Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, a non-profit organization that supplies thousands of children in Northern Virginia every year with backpacks, school supplies, new coats, sneakers, and gifts during the holiday season. During the 2015 holiday season Firefighters and Friends distributed gifts to more than 3,500 children in Northern Virginia. Willie is a 2013 recipient of Alexandria's Living Legends Award.
Willie has been engaged with Alexandria's non-profit community where he serves on the boards of Volunteer Alexandria, First Night Alexandria, and the Board of Trustees for Operation Warm which is the largest nonprofit coat distributer in the US. A single father of two grown children, Willie resides in the Del Ray neighborhood.
John Taylor Chapman was elected to the City Council in November 2012. As a member of City Council, John serves on the following local and regional boards: the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Public Safety and Human Services Committee, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Eco-City Alexandria Environmental Action Plan Steering Committee, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, Sister Cities Committee, Gang Prevention Task Force, and the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.
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Prior to his election to city council, John served as an appointee to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, Vice President of the Volunteer Alexandria Board of Directors, Vice President of Membership for the Taylor Run Citizens' Association, First Night Alexandria Board of Directors, former Vice Chair of the city's Youth Policy Commission and a former President of the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP, the youngest in the history of the branch. He also remains an active member of the Xi Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network and Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Chapman, who is born and raised in Alexandria, graduated from Saint Stephen's and Saint Agnes School. He is also a graduate of Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, having obtained his Bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education. Chapman is also a 2008 graduate of the Minority Political Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2010 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at University of Virginia. Professionally, Chapman is a career educator and currently works as a Community Use Program Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Tim Lovain served on the Alexandria City Council from 2006 to 2009 and was returned to City Council by Alexandria voters in 2012. He uses his transportation expertise to help Alexandria and the region address our transportation challenges. The Councilmember also focuses on environmental issues, cooperation with Alexandria's nonprofit organizations, and the special needs of Alexandria's young people and seniors. Before serving on City Council, Tim was the chair of the City Council's Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee.
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Tim serves as the Second Vice Chair of the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region and chairs the Board's Human Services Transportation Coordination Task Force and Access for All Committee. He also serves on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Alexandria Transportation Commission.
The Councilmember serves on Alexandria's Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, the Joint Alexandria City Council/School Board Long-Range Educational Facilities Committee, and the City Facilities Naming Committee as well as representing Alexandria on the Council of Governments' Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee.
Tim is the Executive Vice President of Capitol Strategies, a government relations consulting firm in Washington, DC, representing primarily public transportation clients. He serves as the Chair of the Washington Area Transit Industry Representatives Task Force, Chair of the Public Ferry Coalition and Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors.
An attorney and former Coast Guard officer, Tim also served as a legislative assistant for both a Congresswoman and a Senator, and as legislative director of a citizens' lobby on global issues.
Councilmember Lovain earned a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Chicago, an M.A. and "All But Dissertation" in politics from Princeton University, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Washington Law School.
Tim and his wife, Beth, are both deeply involved with nonprofit organizations in Alexandria. He chaired the Alexandria United Way Campaign in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition, as a member of the Boards of Directors of At Home in Alexandria (AHA), the North Ridge Citizens Association, Alexandria United Way, and what is now Volunteer Alexandria, and as a tutor under the Wright to Read program.
Their three daughters, Isabella, Kathleen and Ava, all attend Alexandria public schools.
Del Pepper was first elected to the City Council in 1985. She served as Vice Mayor from 1996 to 1997, from 2003 to 2006, and from 2007 to 2009. Pepper co-chairs the Beauregard Street Corridor Task Force, the Alexandria-Arlington Task Force on the Waste-To-Energy Plant and the Welfare Reform Committee (Alexandria Works!). She is active with the Commission on Aging, Commission on Information Technology, Facilities Naming Committee, and the Council of Governments Air Quality Committee and Board of Directors. She was recently elected Corporate President of the COG. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where she also chairs the Regional Resources Committee.
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Councilwoman Pepper serves on the Boards of the YMCA, the T.C. Williams PTSA, the Alexandria Arts Forum, Bienvenidos, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She is a former first vice president of the local NAACP and former board member of the City's Community Services Board. Other affiliations include the Urban League, the League of Women Voters, and the Sierra Club. She is a recipient of the Jaycees Appreciation Award, the Council of Senior Citizens Organization's Outstanding Women of Alexandria Award, and the Commission for Women's Living Legend Award. Pepper is a Grinnell College graduate. A resident of the City's west end, she and her husband, Dr. F.J. Pepper, have one son.
Paul C. Smedberg was first elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2003 and was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term in November 2012. He remains committed to protecting the historic legacy of the City, maintaining quality public schools, assuring a well-planned community and improving the quality of life for all. He has gained a reputation for promoting efficient and responsive local government with both sound fiscal and economic policies. He has gained a reputation in Northern Virginia for his ongoing presence and participation with regional transportation bodies.
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Paul has continued to represent the City on a variety of Commissions, Task Forces and organizations reflecting diverse areas of community concern and endeavor. A major goal of local government is the health, safety and quality of life of its residents. Paul serves on the City's Pension Subcommittee, Waterfront Commission and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Task Force. His leadership with the Mirant Monitoring Group helped to bring about the final closure of the plant in 2012. He remains committed to a clean and safe environment. He has supported an integrated "arts plan" for the City and has consistently been a strong voice for the arts on the City Council.
He supports the ongoing economic vitality and viability of the Alexandria business community and continues to serve on the Marketing Coordinating Council and is a Board member of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.
In recognition of the escalating traffic issues and demand for local and regional transit and transportation options, Paul seeks regional solutions to these issues as Alexandria's representative to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board. He was VRE Board Chairman in 2013 and currently serves as 2014 Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Paul also served as co-chair of the City's Transportation/Transit Corridor Study Group.
As a resident of Alexandria for nearly 27 years, Paul has a distinguished history of service and leadership with area non-profits and local civic and homeowner associations. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, he received degrees in History and Economics from Allegheny College and is a 2001 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at University of Virginia. He lives in Old Town with his partner Michael Molesky.
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