Lifelong Commitment to Public Service & Accomplishments

Mayor Allison Silberberg’s Record of Leadership

  • Tripled the dedicated funding for the Affordable Housing Fund.
  • Tackled head-on a range of environmental and infrastructure issues that have been neglected for years and even decades.
  • Led approval of the long-delayed plan to resolve sewage issues for all four outfalls into the Potomac River.
  • Approved and built two new public schools (Patrick Henry, Ferdinand T. Day), plus a new wing at John Adams — all on the West End and all during one term. That’s a first for Alexandria.
  • Secured the $1 billion Virginia Tech Innovation Campus for Alexandria.  This 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 tied to the ups and downs of the federal government.
  • 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, creating a Racial Equity Office and committing to hire a Racial Equity Officer.
  • 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 first Arts District in our city.
  • 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.
  • Renovated 8 city parks: Windmill Hill Park, Waterfront Park, Beverley Park (“The Pit”), Lake Cook, Powhatan Park, Taney Avenue Park, Commonwealth Avenue Park, and Warwick Pool and Park. 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.
  • 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 End.
  • 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.

Allison’s Lifelong Commitment to Public Service

Allison Silberberg served as Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, from 2016 – 2018. She is running for Mayor in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. She is a consultant, writer, public speaker, and lifelong advocate for social justice and inclusiveness. After serving as Vice Mayor of Alexandria from 2012 to 2015, in 2016 Allison became the second female Mayor of Alexandria since the city’s founding in 1749. Her term as Mayor was a game changer on many fronts, addressing many long-deferred infrastructure issues related to cleaning up the environment, building new schools, and tripling the funding for affordable housing. Her term culminated in the largest business deal in the history of Metropolitan Washington when Alexandria and Arlington partnered to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Arlington and Virginia Tech’s $1 billion Innovation Campus to Alexandria. This was an historic economic accomplishment for the city, the region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Allison initiated and drafted the City’s Statement on Inclusiveness, which garnered national attention. She continues to speak out for a proactive, common sense approach to government while championing education, social justice, the environment, affordable housing, inclusiveness and civility. At the State level, she has been outspoken about the need for common sense gun reform laws, ethics reform, and the Equal Rights Amendment. 

She currently serves on the board of Community Lodgings, on the board of Friends of Alexandria’s Mental Health Center, on the Leadership Council of OneVirginia2021, and on the Government Relations Committee at the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Since 2007, she has served as a founding honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble.

Allison is the author of two books, including Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World, which hit #1 on Amazon’s list of New Releases in Philanthropy & Charity. Her columns have appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The Alexandria Times and Alexandria Gazette Packet.

A native of Dallas, Allison has lived in Alexandria since 1989. She has a B.A. in international relations and history from American University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.