Tysons Community Alliance Board: Katie Cristol as the Organization’s new Chief Executive Officer

Marcia McAllister Tysons Update

Tysons Community Alliance has selected Katie Cristol to lead the organization as its first permanent Chief Executive Officer. Cristol will start with TCA on July 5, 2023, taking the reins from Acting CEO Richard Bradley who has been in the post since November 2021 leading efforts in the establishment and launch of the new community improvement district. Cristol announced in 2022 she would not seek reelection for another term on the Arlington County Board after her second term concluded this year. Cristol has served on the Board since November 2015 and served as its Chair in 2018 and 2021. 

“We are thrilled to have Katie Cristol as the new CEO for the Tysons Community Alliance,” said TCA Chair Josh White. “Katie has a proven track record of championing inclusivity, collaboration and community engagement. She is a well-respected leader and consummate professional with experience in catalyzing communities and urban management planning efforts in transportation, sustainability and economic development. We are thrilled to have her leading the organization as we continue to progress our work at the TCA and for Tysons.”

“I am honored to be selected by the Tysons Community Alliance Board, and truly look forward to doing the work I love in our dynamic Northern Virginia region.” said Cristol. “I’m compelled by the organization’s focus on community building and inclusive, equitable economic growth, along with its vision for Tysons as a thriving regional downtown. Particularly exciting to me is how the TCA has already brought together the private and public sector and created a foundation of collaborative partnership on which to build. In the months ahead, we’ll be growing the efforts already underway in coalition building and strategic planning, while starting to deliver tactical results and improvements for the Tysons community.”

Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik who championed for a community-based improvement district to be inclusive of residents, businesses and the public sector was equally pleased with the selection. She stated, “Katie Cristol will bring the necessary energy and broad approach to the TCA. She is an organized and strategic leader who knows how to move the needle to get key initiatives across the finish line. Her enthusiasm and ability to push projects forward within a collaborative environment will serve Tysons and the TCA well. We are thrilled to have her serve as the TCA’s new CEO.”

Cristol is a recognized leader in the region. In addition to serving on the Arlington County Board for eight years, she served on numerous boards including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission where she also served as Chair. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles in the Virginia Municipal League, The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Human Services Policy Committee. She is a strong advocate for affordable housing, racial equity and women’s issues. She holds a public policy master’s degree from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Cristol comes to the TCA as the organization is moving forward with key initiatives including a strategic plan, a market research study, and placemaking activation planning. The TCA has a full load of events it has already hosted with more in the works including its inaugural May Music Month at The Boro along with a planned summer music series and its popular monthly Connector Happy Hours. For more information on these events and others happening in Tysons visit tysonsva.org/events.

About Tysons Community Alliance

Tysons Community Alliance is a non-profit organization founded to promote economic and social development in the Tysons area. TCA actively works to foster collaboration and partnerships between members of the local business community, local residents, government, and non-profit organizations.

To learn more about TCA visit our website tysonsva.org. If you are interested in joining our mission to further transform Tysons into a vibrant, dynamic urban center, please contact info@tysonsva.org.