Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol is a community advocate and public policy professional. She was elected to the Board in November 2015. Katie serves on the Joint Subcommittee on Facilities of the Arlington School and County Boards, and is the Co-Chair of Arlington's Project PEACE, an inter-agency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Regionally, Katie represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where she chairs the Legislative Committee, as well as on the Operations Board of The Virginia Railway Express, where she serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Capital Committee.
Katie 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 in 2014 and 2015.
Katie is an education policy advisor, partnering with district, states and nonprofits across the U.S. on strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement. She has been recognized as one of Leadership Arlington's "40 Under 40," as a 2016 Women's Information Network's "Young Woman of Achievement," and with the Arlington Young Democrat's Warren G. Stambaugh award.
She and her husband, Steve, live off Columbia Pike, one of the most diverse corridors both in the County and the metropolitan region.