Member, Arlington County Board
Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol is a community advocate and public policy professional. She was elected to the Board in November 2015. Like many Arlingtonians, Ms. Cristol moved to the County early in her career, attracted by Arlington’s vibrant arts and culture, walkable development and strong sense of community engagement. She and her husband, Steve, live off Columbia Pike, one of the most diverse corridors both in the County and the metropolitan region.
Ms. Cristol has been an advocate for women’s issues, including reproductive health, political representation and support for survivors of sexual assault, for over a decade. She was appointed to the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women by the County Board in 2012, and supported the Commission’s efforts to garner attention for critical issues like women’s professional advancement and to recognize the achievements of women in the community. As Chair of the Commission’s research arm, Katie authored reports and recommendations to the Board on issues affecting women and girls in the Arlington community.
She is a volunteer member of the Randolph Elementary School community. A reading buddy since 2011, she was appointed by the School Board and the Randolph PTA to serve as the school’s liaison to the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction.
Ms. Cristol is also an education policy advisor, partnering with district, states and nonprofits across the U.S. on strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement. She holds a public policy master’s degree from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a 2012 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College.