I am deeply saddened by the passing of Yolanda Black Navarro, a friend, mother, grandmother, pillar of the community, and a woman who left this world a far better place than she found it.
Yolanda was a woman of deep faith, and was at all times guided by her Christian desire to love her family and serve her community. She knew no stranger, no one was exempt from her love and guidance, no problem was too big to solve, no cause too great to undertake.
A committed civic leader she served Houston well. A friend and confidant of every mayor since Kathy Whitmire, she served on the Metro Board, the Parks Board and ran for Houston City Council. Most recently, she chaired Mayor Parker’s Hispanic Advisory Committee.
Yolanda found the best in everyone, but was not blind to the evils present in our society such as poverty and discrimination; evils that she took head on through advocacy and activism. She fiercely fought for all Houstonians to be treated equally, and helped disadvantaged youth by founding "Shoes for Kids", an event that provides shoes to low-income children.
I counted Yolanda as one of my closest friends, and know that her presence made me a better person and public servant. While our pain presently cuts deep, we are comforted by the legacy Yolanda has left, the countless lives she has improved, and the example she has set for the next generation.