Councilmember Yolanda Avila, District 4
107 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 385-5492
Get to Know Yolanda
Yolanda Avila’s family has lived in Colorado Springs since 1958. Yolanda started in kindergarten at Fort Carson and ended at Colorado College in 1985 with a BA in International Political Economy. In 1990 Yolanda began work as a criminal defense investigator in Orange County, CA. She also worked as a field supervisor and mentor to the local university students. In 1998, Yolanda was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that has a prognosis of blindness. Avila retired in 2011, she returned to Colorado Springs to be near her now 96-year-old mother.
Avila immediately championed several causes in District 4 by improving transit accessibility, fixed bus routes and frequency. She was dismayed with the lack of infrastructure construction in roads, sidewalks, and bridges. Now, an unprecedented amount of this infrastructure has been completed along with ADA ramp construction; and she is thrilled that designs will commence on the Airport/Circle and I-25 bridges. The cry for economic development revitalization in the district resulted in façade improvements in two Southeast shopping centers and a $1M grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for the SE hub. Avila is a resident leader of the strong Southeast RISE Coalition, which receives and disseminates information and sponsors activities for projects in Southeast. She also served as the Black/Latino Leadership Coalition President.
Yolanda’s guide dog Puma accompanies her on the many boards, commissions, and committees where she serves gratefully as both a City Councilmember and a CSU board director.