Through The Noise
April 21, 2016
Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey on Civic Engagement and Participation
Through the Noise #168
Christian Dorsey // Arlington County Board Member // Arlington Gov
We keep it local again today with Arlington County, Virginia’s newest County Board Member, Christian Dorsey, who started his term on January 1. Arlington is just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC and at 26 square miles is the smallest county in the nation in size but one of the most dense and diverse and home to the world’s largest office building, the Pentagon, and National Airport. As a lifelong activist, Mr. Dorsey explains that running for County office was the next step for him in becoming more deeply involved in the community where he’s lived since 1993, although he jokes that you “must disassociate yourself from rational thought in order to run.” While working to set an example for his kids on how to be involved and active in their community, he is working for all residents, with a special focus on affordable housing — which is increasingly becoming more rare around the country, but especially in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about this fascinating place and hear more about Mr. Dorsey’s strong background in public service, don’t miss this episode.
Christian Dorsey has dedicated his efforts to improving our community, most recently as a new member of the Arlington County Board beginning in November 2015. Mr. Dorsey has a focus on continuing to enhance the quality of life for all Arlingtonians by charting a course toward sustainable growth, to figure out how we meet our present needs and overcome current challenges without compromising the ability of current and future residents to enjoy our great community.
The Arlington County Board is composed of five at-large members that establish policies, and oversee governance, growth and development.