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 an April 2014 special election and was reelected in November 2014 to serve a full four-year term.
As an Arlington County Board Member Mr. Vihstadt currently serves as the Board Liaison to the Rosslyn Business Improvement District; the Community Criminal Justice Board; the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust; Nova Parks; the Northern Virginia Regional Commission; the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority; and the Region Forward Coalition of the Metropolitan Council of Governments. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Counties, and as a Committee Member to the National Association of Counties’ Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.
He 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 an officer of the Arlington County Council of PTAs; the Arlington School Board bestowed its Honored Citizen award in 2008. Mr. Vihstadt served as a Board member of Community Residences, Inc., 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 chaired the County’s Task Force on Urban Agriculture, where he worked as a consensus-building leader on topics ranging from backyard hens to the expansion of community gardens to nutrition education, county-wide composting and related green and sustainable initiatives.
He was a longtime delegate to the Arlington Civic Federation — from Tara-Leeway Heights — and served on its Executive Committee.
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. 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.
After first living on Columbia Pike, he has lived with his wife and two sons in the Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood since 1989. He commutes by bus and Metrorail.
Vihstadt Applauds Arlington Board Chair Fisette’s Move to Nix Streetcar – November 18, 2014