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.