Christian Navarro ’90 has been recognized by Mayor Sylvester Turner among eight exemplary Houstonians during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Navarro is the recipient of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous).

Community members nominated individuals for consideration, and the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards Committee selected the honorees for their outstanding contributions toward improving the quality of life within the Houston Hispanic community.

Following his St. Thomas experience, Christian attended the University of Texas School of Law and the University of New Mexico. He was a lawyer, restaurant owner, and community philanthropist.

While maintaining his Christian C. Navarro Law practice, Christian promoted the legacy of his late mother, Yolanda Black Navarro. He assisted individuals and their interests relating to a wide range of issues. Christian served on the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans board, the Gus Wortham Park & Gold Course Steering Committee, and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council. He was the president of the Navigation Area Business Association and its “Shoes for Kids” charity. Christian contributed to the board of the Willow Pool and volunteered as the lead grill master for the Willow Wahoo swim team. Christian’s restaurant, Villa Arcos, was twice listed as a top 100 restaurant by Houston’s two-time James Beard Award winner for restaurant criticism, Alison Cook.


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