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.
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 (SWHR), whose mission is to ensure that women are included in clinical trials, medical research, and drug testing, commissioned Allison to co-author a book. SWHR is finalizing the book before publication.
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.