Member, Arlington County Board
John Vihstadt has been actively engaged in neighborhood, community, and public school activities since moving to Arlington more than 30 years ago. He was elected to the Arlington County Board in April 2014 in a special election to complete the unexpired term of Chris Zimmerman.
Mr. Vihstadt is a former member of Arlington County’s Planning Commission, Housing Commission, and Advisory Commission on Aging. He served as President of the Yorktown High School PTA and as Secretary and Vice Chair of the Arlington County Council of PTAs; the Arlington School Board recognized him for his years of service by bestowing its Honored Citizen award in 2008. Mr. Vihstadt served as a Board member of Community Residences, Inc., which administers group homes for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. He is a former board member of the Arlington Committee of 100 and the Arlington Historical Society.
In 2012, he was asked to chair the County’s new Task Force on Urban Agriculture, where he worked as a consensus-building leader on topics ranging from expansion of community gardens to nutrition education, county-wide composting and related green and sustainable initiatives.
He is a longtime delegate to the Arlington Civic Federation — from Tara-Leeway Heights — and was elected chair of the Executive Committee in June 2013. He resigned after announcing his candidacy for the County Board in December 2013.
Mr. Vihstadt is a partner with the law firm Krooth & Altman, LLP in Washington. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Housing Conference.
Prior to joining Krooth & Altman in 1989, Mr. Vihstadt served three years as Executive Assistant to the President of Ginnie Mae. Prior, he worked for the Select Committee on Aging, U. S. House of Representatives. Early in his legal career, he was a VISTA volunteer with the Nebraska Indian Commission and a Legal Services Corporation lawyer for low-income elderly.
Mr. Vihstadt received his B.A. degree and J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the American, District of Columbia, Nebraska and Iowa Bar Associations.
He has lived with his wife and two sons in the Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood since 1989. His daily commute includes a combination of carpooling, Metrorail, Metrobus or ART Bus, and walking.
Vihstadt Applauds Arlington Board Chair Fisette’s Move to Nix Streetcar – November 18, 2014