Our Team

Yolanda Alvarado


Yolanda Alvarado is a native Houstonian who grew up in Houston’s East End and has lived in Idylwood for 23 years.  As a child, Yolanda learned the importance of community work.  She continued learning about community work and activism at the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work where she earned her Masters of Social Work Degree.

Yolanda has been an activist in her local community and in the Greater Houston area for the last 40 years. She has worked on numerous political campaigns and voter registration programs.  Currently she works as a Campus Manager for Houston Community College at the Southeast Fraga Campus.

Blanca Blanco

Vice Chair

Blanca E. Blanco is independent financial advisor and has been advising and helping her clients and their families in achieving their financial goals for the past 15 years. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration.  She has been a financial advisor with major firms - Edward Jones, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Securities, and today she has established her own independent financial firm through Cetera Advisors, LLC, a network of independent financial advisors. 

Blanca lives and works in the East end and is a community leader in her area. She is involved in several civic organizations in her area.  She has been married to Alfredo Blanco for 24 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Elliot Barner


Elliot Barner is a new resident of the Idylwood Subdivision in the East End Community. Elliot grew up in Mesquite, Texas and has lived in Houston for 10 years. 

Elliot earned his B.A. in Classics from Baylor University in 1998 and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2003.  Elliot has been an associate with Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC since 2010. Elliot currently serves as general counsel, bond counsel and special counsel to various types of special districts and water districts. 

Elliot’s law practice follows his strong belief in community building and engagement, in which he strives to identify and implement the strongest solutions to the challenges and opportunities his clients face. Elliot is currently a member of several organizations, including the Houston Bar Association, the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Association of Water Board Directors.  

In his personal time, Elliot enjoys traveling, attending live music events and spending time with his wife, Robin.