Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Appoint Imelda Assistance Fund Advisory Co-Chairs
The Imelda Assistance Fund is Now Accepting Donations

September 27, 2019 -- The Imelda Assistance Fund advisory board will be led by two well-known and widely-respected business leaders with a history of service throughout the Greater Houston and Harris County area.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs for Texas grocery store giant H-E-B.  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has named Lindsay Taylor Munoz, Public Policy Director at Greater Houston Partnership. (photos at the end of news release)

The Imelda Assistance Fund was established to meet the immediate needs of those who were displaced and/or whose homes were damaged by flooding.

The Greater Houston Community Foundation oversees and administers the Imelda Assistance Fund grant distribution process and is now accepting donations online.

As co-chairs, Munoz and Herron will work with the Imelda Assistance Fund advisory board members to review grant applications from non profit organizations who can provide direct assistance to those affected by the storm.

“Winell Herron is a proven leader with a heart for public service,” Mayor Turner said. “I am confident that she will utilize her vast network in the business and philanthropic community, along with her deep knowledge of the Houston area to lead this important endeavor. Our goal is to ensure that there is a fair and quick process to determine unmet needs in the areas affected by Imelda.”

“Lindsay Munoz is a dynamic, inspiring leader with a track record of working tirelessly on behalf of others,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “We’re delighted she has agreed to take on the role as co-chair and look forward to her work to serve survivors. We cannot forget about the devastation left behind by Imelda and urge those who can to donate to the relief fund.”

GHCF previously administered the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) on behalf of the City of Houston and Harris County after Hurricane Harvey struck the region in August 2017. The fund will work with nonprofit organizations that are vetted and have experience to deliver support to affected residents.

Recovery resources, including a needs assessment survey, are available at and at for Harris County Residents.

Residents who wish to apply for assistance or who have questions about Imelda recovery may also dial 311 in the City of Houston or 211 if they live in Harris County.

Lindsay Taylor Munoz
Lindsay Taylor Munoz
Winell Herron
Winell Herron