Katie Cristol Headshot

Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol is a community advocate and public policy professional. She was elected to the Board in November 2015 and served as Chair of the County Board in 2018. Katie is the Co-Chair of Arlington’s Project PEACE, an interagency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community.

Regionally, Katie is a transit leader, advancing cross-jurisdictional transportation solutions as the  Chair of the Operations Board of The Virginia Railway Express, the Commonwealth’s only commuter rail system, and as Vice Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Katie also represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and serves on the Human Services Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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.

Katie came to the Arlington County Board with a background in education policy. A reading buddy since 2011 at Randolph Elementary School, Katie served as the school’s liaison to the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction. During her time on the Arlington County Board, Katie served on the first Joint Subcommittee on Facilities of the Arlington School and County Boards, and helped create a joint citizen advisory body on facilities.

Prior to joining the Board, Katie worked for a number of years with local, state and national organizations focused on improving student success through systematic change. Currently, she maintains a practice as an education policy advisor, supporting research, strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement projects.

Katie 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. They are expecting their first child in May 2019.

Community Connections:

During Katie’s service as a County Board member, she has also served as the Board’s liaison to the following Commissions, Community Groups and Advisory Bodies:

  • Arlington Independent Media
  • Arlington Partnership on Children, Youth and Families
  • Career Center Working Group
  • Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization
  • Commission on Aging
  • Commission for the Arts
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Disability Advisory Commission
  • Public Facilities Review Commission for the New Elementary School at Thomas Jefferson
  • Joint Facilities Subcommittee
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Lee Highway Alliance
  • Out of School Time Advisory Council
  • Planning Commission
  • Teen Network Board
  • The Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
  • Tenant-Landlord Commission
  • Transportation Commission

Learn More!

Arlington Magazine, 5 Questions with Katie Cristol

Interview with the Columbia Pike Documentary Project

Northern Virginia Magazine, Cristol City

Interview with 26 Square Miles: An Arlington Podcast