City of Alexandria, VA
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.
Mayor William D. Euille
William D. Euille is the Founder/President and Chief Executive Officer of Wm. D. Euille & Associates, Inc., formed on April 9, 1987. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm, chartered in Washington, DC with offices in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Mayor Euille began his business career as an accountant with an Alexandria construction company in 1972, and within eight years, he advanced to Vice President/Controller, ultimately having responsibility for all contracting, financial and administrative functions.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mayor Euille graduated from T.C. Williams High School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 1972.
The Mayor is active in community affairs in Alexandria and Washington, DC. His dedicated involvement includes the William D. Euille Foundation, which he founded in 1994; the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club; the American Heart Association; 1998-2000 Chairman of the Alexandria United Way Campaign; INOVA Hospital Health System Board; Hopkins House Association; 2001 Chairman of the NOVA Urban League Board of Directors; Alexandria Community Trust; and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. He is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Alexandria.
He is also active in business and construction industry organizations such as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; the US Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Minority Contractors; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc; and the NOVA Building Industry Association.
Mayor Euille has received many major awards and honors, such as the 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year from the Virginia NAACP (The Mayor was the inaugural winner of this award); Who's Who in the East; Who's Who in America; 1995 Community Service Award from the Hopkins House Association; Outstanding Young Men of America Award; 1996 Blue Chip Award from the US Chamber of Commerce; the 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year from the Washington Post and Ernst & Young, LLP; the 1996 Small Business Person of the Year from the US Small Business Administration; and community service awards from the Alexandria NAACP (1996), Northern Virginia Urban League, Inc. (1997), Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (1997), and the Alexandria Sportsman Club (1998); Philanthropist of the Year 2000 from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; SBA's Graduate of the Year Award in 2000; Education Association of Alexandria's "Whole Village Award" (2001); and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year (2001).
Mayor Euille was elected to a three-year term on the Alexandria City Council in May, 1994. He was re-elected in May, 1997 (Vice Mayor) and in May, 2000. He was elected the City's first African-American Mayor in May, 2003 and was re-elected Mayor in May, 2006, 2009 and in November 2012. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA); the Alexandria Pension Study Committee; and the Local Emergency Planning Commission. He is Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and President of the Virginia Transit Authority (VTA). Additionally, he is Chairman of the Alexandria Youth Policy Commission and serves on the Governor's Council on Virginia's Future.
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg
Elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2012, Allison 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.
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.
Currently, she serves as an honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble. She served as 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.
Councilman John T. Chapman
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.
Councilman Timothy B. Lovain
Tim Lovain served on the Alexandria City Council from 2006 to 2009 and was returned to City Council by Alexandria voters in 2012. During his prior service, Tim represented Alexandria on many boards and commissions, including service as Alexandria's representative to the Transportation Planning Board of the National Capital Region, where he served as the Chair of its Human Services Transportation Coordination Task Force. 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 Lovain is Vice President and General Counsel of Denny Miller Associates, a government relations consulting firm in Washington, DC, where he has worked for 28 years, mostly representing public transportation clients. Tim is the Chair of the Washington Area Transit Industry Representatives Task Force, Chair of the Public Ferry Coalition, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors.
Before joining Denny Miller Associates, Tim served as a legislative assistant for both a Congresswoman and a Senator and as legislative director of a citizens' lobby on global issues. Tim is an attorney and a former Coast Guard Officer.
Tim and his wife, Beth, are both deeply involved with nonprofit organizations in Alexandria. Tim chaired the Alexandria United Way Campaign in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia and At Home in Alexandria (AHA!). He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition, as a member of the Boards of Directors of the North Ridge Citizens Association and what is now Volunteer Alexandria, and as a tutor under the Wright to Read program.
Tim received a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Chicago; an M.A. in politics from Princeton University; and a J.D. with honors from the University of Washington Law School.
Tim has lived in Alexandria since 1983. Tim and Beth live in the North Ridge neighborhood of Alexandria with their three daughters, Isabella, Kathleen and Ava, all of whom attend Alexandria public schools.
Councilwoman Redella S. "Del" Pepper
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.
Councilman Paul C. Smedberg
Paul C. Smedberg was first elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2003 and was re-elected for a third consecutive term in May, 2009. He is 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. As a past member of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee he promotes efficient and responsive local government with both sound fiscal and economic policies.
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Paul represents 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 Manager's Quality of Life Committee, the Woodrow Wilson Neighborhood Task Force, the Waterfront Committee and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Task Force. As the co-chair of the Mirant Monitoring Group he worked with local, dedicated residents, environmental groups and City Staff to control emissions at the Mirant Corporation and he remains committed to a clean and safe environment. An active supporter of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Paul strongly supports an integrated "arts plan" for the City and has consistently been a strong voice for the arts on the City council.
The ongoing economic vitality and viability of the Alexandria business community is a major concern today. Paul has been a member of the Economic Sustainability Implementation Monitoring Committee since its inception several years ago. He continues to serve on the Marketing Coordinating Council and has recently become the City Council representative to the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board of Directors.
A major concern of all City residents is the continued rise of area traffic and the increase in demand for traffic calming and control throughout the region. Paul represents Alexandria on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and is a member of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Board. He serves as alternate to the Council of Governments regional Transportation Planning Board.
As a resident of Alexandria for nearly 20 years, Paul has a distinguished history of service and leadership with area non-profits and local civic and homeowner associations. He currently is active on the volunteer boards of the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross and Senior Services of Alexandria, Inc.
Paul is currently director of policy and public affairs at the American Society of Nephrology. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, he received degrees in History and Economics from Allegheny College and is a 2001 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at University of Virginia. He lives in Old Town with his partner Michael Molesky.
Councilman Justin Wilson
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, having previously served from July 2007 through June of 2009.
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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, having previously served from July 2007 through June of 2009.
Justin serves as the Council representative on the City Council/School Board Sub-Committee, the Joint Long-Range Educational Facility Planning Work Group, the Potomac Yard Metrorail Feasibility Study Group and the Quality of Life Committee.
He was an appointee of Governor Mark Warner to the state’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and is a current appointee of Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice.
During his previous tenure on the City Council, he served on the Youth Policy Commission, the Commission on Information Technology, 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.
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 by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) as a Principal Systems Engineer. He lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria with his wife, Alex and their son Eli and daughter Lena.