Arlington County Housing Division

David Cristeal has served as Arlington County’s Housing Director since 2013.  His main role is leveraging financial and planning resources to expand housing affordability.  Since coming to the County in 2004, he and his staff’s efforts have added almost 2,600 net new affordable housing units.  He worked as a community organizer in Chicago during the 1980’s and in several roles, including Housing Director for Wake County, North Carolina in the 1990’s through early 2000’s.


David received a master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.