Katie Cristol

Katie Cristol 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.

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 interagency 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. 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 holds a public policy master’s degree from Princeton University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is an alum 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.

Operating as usual

11/07/2020

What an extraordinary American moment. It’s a thrill and a relief to say congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and boundary-shattering, history-making VP-elect Kamala Harris. And I can’t wait to welcome a passenger-rail-loving transit rider President to the DMV region! 🚊

11/04/2020

It’s a stressful morning as counting continues in key states, but we have much to celebrate in Arlington County. Our Office of Elections, supported by an extraordinary cadre of volunteers, pulled off an election unlike any other during the pandemic, and tens of thousands of Arlingtonians cast their ballots safely and effectively.

I’m so glad to congratulate my colleague Libby Garvey on her successful return the County Board, and to thank voters for overwhelmingly supporting capital investments in our future with the bond referenda. I’m thrilled to welcome Cristina Diaz-Torres and Dave Priddy to the School Board. I know that their passion for our students and innovative ideas will be rocket fuel for the School Board’s efforts at this challenging time. I’m also grateful that my own kid, and so many others in Arlington, will attend a school system made better and more equitable by the advocacy and community leadership of Symone Walker.

This is a challenging moment for America, and a test of our democratic principles that every vote should be counted and that power should transition peacefully. As Arlingtonians and Americans, we can best stand for those principles today with patience and respectfulness as the counts continue.

Polls have now closed, except for those still in line. Arlington, please know that, however the coming hours (or days, o...
11/04/2020

Polls have now closed, except for those still in line.

Arlington, please know that, however the coming hours (or days, or weeks) play out around the nation, Arlington Elections, the Electoral Board and all of County Government is committed to ensuring every vote is counted.

Your vote - and your voice - is precious!

Election Day at Walter Reed: Terrific to see a steady stream of voters, even after a record-shattering early voting turn...
11/03/2020

Election Day at Walter Reed: Terrific to see a steady stream of voters, even after a record-shattering early voting turnout.

For information about your polling place and answers to all your voting questions, visit: https://vote.arlingtonva.us

Doubtlessly, this is an anxious election. But please know that if you are voting in Arlington County tomorrow, that our ...
11/02/2020
Disability Services

Doubtlessly, this is an anxious election. But please know that if you are voting in Arlington County tomorrow, that our Office of Elections and Electoral Board has taken steps to keep voters safe.

That means safe from COVID-19, with mask requirements, social distancing in the voting rooms, regular sanitizing and poll worker temperature checks.

And that means safe from threats to your right to vote in an uninhibited manner. ACPD will not have officers stationed at polling places, but will have increased patrols in the community and will be aware of polling places.

Finally, for voters with disabilities, please learn more about the variety of services available to help you exercise your right to vote: https://vote.arlingtonva.us/Polling-Places/Disability-Services

Learn what accommodations are available for voters with disabilities.

Caravanning with the Arlington Democrats! Early vote today on this gorgeous Halloween: No tricks, just short lines and f...
10/31/2020

Caravanning with the Arlington Democrats! Early vote today on this gorgeous Halloween: No tricks, just short lines and friendly, well-informed poll workers.

10/30/2020
Arlington County Virginia – Government

With cooler weather, Arlington's COVID case count is climbing. We can't be complacent. Join Christian Dorsey and me at 12:30 today as we host our Public Health Director.

Dr. Varghese will share a presentation featuring information on exposure vs. complications risk; metrics and trends; and the County's COVID-19 adaptive strategy. And as always, we’ll take your questions.

Live at facebook.com/ArlingtonVA/

The official page for Arlington County Government, located in Arlington, Virginia. Online Public Participation policy: http://ht.ly/2ezu30l9F1Y

10/20/2020
Census 2020 7

You did it, Arlington County: With the Census Count completing on October 15th, 99.98% of Arlington was officially counted. In a year with a pandemic, seemingly endless efforts by this presidential administration to deny Americans their Constitutional right to be counted, and so many other challenges, this is nothing short of AMAZING. And the product of some truly tireless efforts by our incredible Complete County Committee. Learn more about the enthusiasm and grassroots work that led to a complete count in Arlington County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZUd8zYfVb8&feature=youtu.be

10/17/2020

Hey, you! Have you voted yet? Voting early is easy and effective, and starting today, open at four more locations around the County.

Find hours for Walter Reed, Langston-Brown, Madison and Aurora Hills at https://vote.arlingtonva.us/early-voting/

Ballot Drop Boxes have landed! Thank you to our Registrar and Electoral Board for providing another safe way to vote dur...
10/12/2020

Ballot Drop Boxes have landed! Thank you to our Registrar and Electoral Board for providing another safe way to vote during this unprecedented year and extraordinarily important election. Find a location near you, from Halls Hill to Shirlington, and learn more about when and how to drop your ballot at https://vote.arlingtonva.us/ballot-drop-off/.

Big news today: I'm thrilled to be part of @unumfund’s first ever #UNUMFellows program. Over the next year, this Fellows...
09/29/2020

Big news today: I'm thrilled to be part of @unumfund’s first ever #UNUMFellows program. Over the next year, this Fellowship means support and resources, as well as access to counterparts across the South, to pursue racial & economic equity in Arlington County. More at www.unumfund.org/fellows.

Fired up, anxious, angry. No matter how you’re feeling about the news from the White House and Nov. 3rd, I can promise t...
09/27/2020

Fired up, anxious, angry. No matter how you’re feeling about the news from the White House and Nov. 3rd, I can promise that logging some volunteer hours to help swing the election will help.

There are so many socially distant ways to get involved. This weekend I’m writing postcards to head to swing state North Carolina and delivering Arlington Messengers to our neighbors’ doors, and there’s lots more to do. Sign up help: https://tinyurl.com/ElectionVolunteering.

One of the best personal things we can do to help our community manage the COVID pandemic is protect ourselves from the ...
09/26/2020

One of the best personal things we can do to help our community manage the COVID pandemic is protect ourselves from the flu, to prevent hospital and medical systems from being overwhelmed.

Here’s my flu shot. Show me yours!

Currently in a work session about our Missing Middle Housing study. This slide - our least diverse areas of the County o...
09/22/2020

Currently in a work session about our Missing Middle Housing study. This slide - our least diverse areas of the County overlaid on our single-family-only areas - tells us a lot about the results of our current zoning. Follow along and learn more: https://housing.arlingtonva.us/missingmiddle/

Good morning to you and to National Voter Registration Day. Let's also make this Local "Know What's on Your Ballot Day,"...
09/22/2020
Voting and Elections Homepage Arlington Virginia

Good morning to you and to National Voter Registration Day. Let's also make this Local "Know What's on Your Ballot Day," and "Make a Plan to Vote Starting Now Day," shall we?

Register and learn about what to expect when you vote, as well as where and when to vote early (hint: now!) at the Arlington Elections Homepage: https://vote.arlingtonva.us/

Voting and Elections, Arlington Virginia Elections, Ballots, Registrar, Voter Registration, Vote, Absentee

The day, one of our holiest, makes her loss heavy. The American moment makes it devastating. But her extraordinary life,...
09/19/2020

The day, one of our holiest, makes her loss heavy. The American moment makes it devastating. But her extraordinary life, her shoulders on which each of us stand, makes her memory a blessing - and an imperative. Tonight we grieve. Tomorrow we fight.

On the heels of yesterday's Board discussion initiating community discussions about Confederate names and symbols to con...
09/16/2020

On the heels of yesterday's Board discussion initiating community discussions about Confederate names and symbols to conclude with recommendations in November, I'm glad to join the kickoff of the Lee Highway Alliance working group evaluating new names for the corridor.

As one neighborhood leader noted, we're embarking on ending the symbolic legacy of white supremacy... and addressing the substantive legacy of white supremacy is imperative, as well.

Happy First Day of School. No doubt, our students, families, teachers and schools leadership would have hoped for a diff...
09/08/2020

Happy First Day of School. No doubt, our students, families, teachers and schools leadership would have hoped for a different start to the school year, but our kids are resilient. And APS is working hard to welcome everyone back virtually.

For families who can’t afford internet access, meals, or a safe place for their kids during the day, we’ve been working hard to help meet their needs. If you and your students need any of these essentials, please call 703-228-1300.

If 2020 is the year of the Essential Worker, then it’s essential that we consider, this Labor Day, that every advancemen...
09/07/2020

If 2020 is the year of the Essential Worker, then it’s essential that we consider, this Labor Day, that every advancement working people have ever made in this country has been made through collective action.

I’m so proud to know and support workers organizing for a fairer Virginia economy and for dignity, fair pay and - this year, especially - safe working conditions.

El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido. Happy Labor Day.

09/03/2020
Arlington VA Public Library

Watch now! I was so honored to have this opportunity to talk with Rachel Louise Snyder, whose book No Visible Bruises is an inspiring, infuriating and un-put-downable explanation of domestic violence in America, as part of Arlington VA Public Library's Arlington Reads series.

Arlington Reads: Rachel Louise Snyder in conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh, Director of Arlington County Human Services Anita Friedman, and Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol.
Recorded August 2020.

08/28/2020

🌳♻️🚨 Yard waste curbside collection will be making a triumphant return this Monday, 8/31. Thanks for your patience while our contractor restored staffing - you can expect to see a $10.77 credit on future utility bills for the weeks without service.

And please, help the crews out - and keep them on schedule to help your neighbors- by limiting waste to your green cart & no more than 5 additional paper bags.(If you’ve got more yard waste, our temporary drop-off sites are available through 9/4).🌳♻️🚨

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways. One of them has been the extraordinary pressure on Arlington tenants a...
08/26/2020

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways. One of them has been the extraordinary pressure on Arlington tenants and the magnitude of the threat of evictions. We're doing everything we can to keep our neighbors - and families - in their homes, including spending down an (unprecedented) $2.7 million dollars in eviction prevention funds.

Tonight, we met with our Human Services staff to allocate another $1.125 million dollars to this critical need. Learn about how, and who, the "making rent" crisis is affecting in Arlington County here: https://arlington.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1565&meta_id=196796

How shatteringly powerful to see the voices of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault take the floor at the D...
08/20/2020

How shatteringly powerful to see the voices of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault take the floor at the Democratic National Convention tonight. The Violence Against Women Act makes our own community stronger and safer every day.

And help is available always, at our hotline: 703-237-0881.

Today marks a century since the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote. A striking fact ...
08/18/2020
A Year of Stories and Milestones in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Today marks a century since the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote.

A striking fact of history, to consider during this 100 year anniversary: Though the historic amendment excluded Black women, Chinese American women, Native American women and others, leaders from these communities were instrumental in the movement for suffrage and equality.

Thanks to our Libraries’ Center for Local History, Arlingtonians can celebrate this milestone by reading the stories of these trailblazing women - including that of Lyon Park resident Zitkála-Šá, who fought for citizenship for Native Americans. Check it out at the link below.

And, exercise the right that these Americans fought for! Register to vote - or request an absentee ballot - for this year’s presidential election at https://vote.arlingtonva.us/voter-registration/register-vote/.

A Year of Stories and Milestones in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage Celebrating the 19th Amendment Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with stories about the people and events that led to the passage of women’s suffrage in the United States. The executive committee of the Nation...

07/24/2020
Arlington County Virginia – Government

We are joining the challenge to overturn the President’s latest attempt to undermine the Census and intimidate our neighbors out of exercising their right to be counted. This order is clearly unconstitutional and will be struck down. Please help us continue to share this message: No matter where you were born, no matter your immigration status, you count.

Watch this important message from County Board Member Katie Cristol about the 2020 Census.

Learn more: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-county-board-plans-to-join-legal-actions-against-president-trump-on-2020-census/

Sunday is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - a landmark legislative commitment to inclusion a...
07/23/2020

Sunday is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - a landmark legislative commitment to inclusion and accessibility. As our Disability Advisory Commission leaders often remind us: Principles of accessibility make the community better for everyone.

That's why leaders like the League of Women Voters, the Arlington Branch NAACP, OAR of Arlington, the Arlington Free Clinic and many of our Commissions have taken the "ADA30 Pledge" to recommit ourselves to accessibility. Learn more, and consider joining us, at https://topics.arlingtonva.us/ada-30-anniversary-pledge/.

"We have to be willing to name the disparities and call them out, and then come up with a strategy for how to address th...
07/21/2020
10 Questions with Samia Byrd - Arlington Magazine

"We have to be willing to name the disparities and call them out, and then come up with a strategy for how to address them."

Here's a brief chance to get to know Samia Byrd, a long-time trusted leader and wise thinker on racial equity within Arlington County Government, who will now be working with our entire community on some of our most important issues:

The longtime civil servant and city planner was named Chief Race and Equity Officer for Arlington County in early July.

07/17/2020
Open Data Directory

Just launched: Arlington’s COVID Data Dashboard with comprehensive information on cases by age, race and zip code; trends in % pos testing; date of symptom onset; and more. Track the course of the pandemic with us, here. And stay safe and mask up 😷!

From a civilian review board to restorative justice to alternatives to police in mental health, traffic enforcement and ...
07/16/2020
Arlington Launches Review of Police Policies & Practices - Newsroom

From a civilian review board to restorative justice to alternatives to police in mental health, traffic enforcement and other community needs: We've heard from so many Arlingtonians (including ACPD officers) that it's time to tackle these issues, and create a system of public safety that fully reflects our community's values and priorities.

Thank you to the team of citizens and experts who will get this started. Read more:

The review will be led by two external experts and will be shared with a 15-member citizen group that will report back by the end of the year.

07/10/2020

With the eviction moratorium recently ended, keeping Arlingtonians in their homes is our top priority. Our Human Services staff is working hard with the General District Court judges to ensure we can reach every tenant in court with the following information about emergency rent assistance and legal services.

But it doesn’t have to get that far! Please help us share these financial and legal services with any neighbor worried about eviction:

Need emergency help to pay your rent?
Please call: 703-228-1300
Free legal services for Low income & Elderly population:
Please call: 703-778-6800
Please call: 1-833-NoEvict

¿Necesita usted ayuda de emergencia para pagar su renta?
Por favor llame a: 703-228-1300
Servicios Legales Gratuitos para Familias y ancianos de Ingresos bajos
Por favor llame a: 703-778-6800
Por favor llame a: 1-833-663-8428

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‏يرجى الاتصال على: ١٣٠٠-٢٢٨-٧٠٣
‏للحصول على خدمات قانونية مجانية لذوي الدخل المنخفض والمسنين
‏يرجى الاتصال على:٦٨٠٠-٧٧٨-٧٠٣
‏برجاء الاتصال بخط لا للطرد على رقم ٨٤٢٨-٦٦٣-١٨٣٣

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Delegate Alfonso Lopez, Black Parents of Arlington and Yolande Kwinana will be hosting a vigil at Drew Model School Field, to honor those who have died at the hands of police. Speakers will enlighten the community on what they can do to help enact change in our Arlington. Please RSVP at the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/262019725036709
This Saturday, June 6, Yolande Kwinana is leading a gathering and march, "Say Their Names: A Peaceful Protest." We will start at Columbia Pike Library and march to Courthouse, joining in with the NAACP-Arlington Rally being held there. RSVP at the link below!
Please tell me this is a nightmare. You and the board do not care about their most vulnerable residents/business owners. The small salon owners who are mostly minorities. The small gym owners. The restaurants who employ mostly minorities. Wow...this needs to stop.