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 graduated from 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 mother.
Avila immediately championed several causes in District 4 by improving transit accessibility, fixed bus routes and frequency.
Her commitment to improving infrastructure in her district resulted in an unprecedented amount of infrastructure construction, including roads, bridges, sidewalks and ADA ramp construction. She is thrilled that designs will commence on the Airport/Circle and I-25 bridges as well as the Airport Road over Spring Creek bridge. As there hasn’t been an Urban Renewal Authority Project in Southeast, she has been championing this effort and she expects to have one, if not two, such projects by the beginning of 2021. Avila is a resident leader of the R.I.S.E. (Resilient, Inspired, Strong, Engaged) Southeast Coalition, which sponsors activities for projects in Southeast and is currently spearheading the Panorama Park initiative. Avila has also advocated for the Community Hub at Mission Trace to include retail space and services. She is an alumna of:
- 2019 Senior Executives in State and Local Government course at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- 2015 Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program
Yolanda’s guide dog Puma accompanies her to the many boards, commissions, and committees where she serves gratefully as both a City Councilmember and a CSU board director.