Chair, 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. Katie is the Co-Chair of Arlington’s Project PEACE, an interagency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Regionally, Ms. Cristol represents Arlington as the Secretary Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee. She is the Vice-Chair of the Operations Board of The Virginia Railway Express, and also Co-Chairs its Capital Committee and Chairs its Legislative Committee. Ms. Cristol also represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Chairs the Human Services Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
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 such as women’s professional advancement and childcare affordability, and to recognize the achievements of women in the 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 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, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is a 2012 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College. She and her husband, Steve, live off Columbia Pike, one of the most diverse corridors both in the County and the metropolitan region.