Peter P. Marra has written more than 175 scientific publications, is the coeditor of Birds of Two Worlds, and directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
Allison Silberberg, the Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, is a writer and lifelong advocate for social justice issues. Allison has over 25 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!, which used film to mentor youth in Anacostia; grantmaking to local nonprofits; and serving on the World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee. From 2004 to 2012, Allison was appointed to Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission, which serves as an advocate for the city’s most vulnerable. 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 to renovate the Alexandria Community Shelter. 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.