Michelle is a board member of the recently formed Arlington chapter of Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets (NoVa FSS), dedicated to safe streets where all can walk, cycle, and drive safely. The Arlington chapter was established in the fall of 2019, and is now working to build awareness and support Arlington residents through outreach and education. Michelle has lived in Arlington since 1995, greatly values the walkability of the community, and is frequently found strolling the Clarendon area with her family. She is part of the Sustainable Urban Planning master’s program at George Washington University, is passionate about urban greening, parks and public spaces, and joined Arl FSS to work together toward streets that safely serve Arlington residents and visitors of all ages.
Cristina Burbach is a lifetime resident of the DC area, and has lived in Arlington since 2013. A committed runner with personal records of 2:57:42 for the marathon distance and 5:25 for the mile, she regularly runs 60+ miles per week on the trails, sidewalks, running tracks, and roads of Arlington. She is also an accident survivor who was hit by a truck while running in a crosswalk in November of 2019. She is committed to working towards an Arlington where all can walk, run, cycle, and drive safely.
Cristina graduated from Georgetown University with a dual B.A. in Economics and English, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is VP and E-discovery counsel at The Nielsen Company, and is a past co-chair of the American Bar Association Science and Technology Section’s Virtual Worlds and Multi-User Online Games Committee, and a past member of the Publications Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Gillian has been advocating for better transportation in Arlington since moving here in 2008. She are her family – husband Grant and three, elementary school-aged kids – live in Cherrydale and get around mostly by bike, but also enjoy walking and Arlington’s great transit network. Traveling around with children has made children acutely aware of the dangers posed by our car-centric transportation system, and she hopes that her children can benefit from improved independence, confidence and health from traveling around on their own as we make our streets safer.
Mike is the Founding member of Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS), a 501.c3 not-for-profit that he, along with four other volunteers, started in August of 2017. AFSS is a grassroots organization dedicated to building an awareness of, and support for, safe streets in Alexandria, where all people can walk, cycle, and drive safely. Today, AFSS has a core membership of about 150 citizens and a mailing list of over 600 residents in the Alexandria area. We seek to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries on our streets and will be a voice for and tell the stories of those people whose lives have been harmed and impacted by a traffic crash. With those stories and the data behind them, we will empower our leaders to invest in our safety.
Mike is an investment banker by trade. He worked at JP Morgan; Charterhouse, Inc. and BHF Bank in Frankfurt Germany. He started his own firm, Novahill Advisors, in 2002 and provides M&A advisory services to Healthcare IT / Digital Health companies across the U.S. In addition, he is a member of the Housing Affordability Advisory Committee in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mike graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree and under a full merit scholarship received an MBA from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business.
Debbie Spiliotopoulos is a member of Arlington Chapter of Northern Virginia Families for Safer Streets. An Arlington native, Debbie is committed to working for equitable, accessible, safe opportunities for all community members to walk in our region. She manages the Share VA Roads education and outreach campaign at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the state planning district for Northern Virginia jurisdictions. In addition to bicycle and pedestrian safety, she staffs Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail development and the Northern Virginia Solid Waste Management Board. She holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources management from the University of Michigan, and is a 2018 Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute Fellow.