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Thank you to Former Mayor Bill White, Pastor Mia Wright, Ken Janda and Vern Swisher for leading our dialogue on responding to changes in the social contract caused by shifts in the workforce.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
The 2018 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was a huge success!
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American Leadership Forum

It’s no coincidence that Houston’s growing recognition as one of America’s great multicultural cities for more than 30 years parallels the growth of the American Leadership Forum. Since 1980, ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a multicultural mix of extremely diverse leaders from virtually every sector of Houston’s community not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership that empowers Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.

The fundamental principles of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) assert that when individuals suspend judgment and allow themselves to truly hear meaning and context from others without the interference of cultural and ideological filters – this potential is unlocked to serve the common good.

This commitment to community and cooperative spirit is nurtured through a yearlong program in which ALF Fellows engage in dialogue, learn to value their differences and unique perspectives, find common ground and build lasting relationships.


Senior Fellows from the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Frank Rossi
    Our Lady of the Pines
    Class XVI
  • Pam Lovett
    Senior Vice President - Business Development and Community Affairs
    Comerica Bank
    Class XXII
  • Bridget Samuel
    Organizational Effectiveness Officer
    Episcopal Health Foundation
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith Construction Inspection, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Prita Mohindra
    Professor of Anesthesia
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Class XXII
  • Michael Lewis
    International Justice Mission
    Class XXXIV
  • Jennifer Jones Santos
    J2 Strategic Solutions LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Jacqueline Autman
    Executive Director/President
    CROSSROADS:Community Partnership for Youth, Inc.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Terrence Hill
    Market Executive Middle Market Banking - Managing Director
    JPMorgan Chase
    Class XXX
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Leon Collins
    Arts Administration Management
    Class XIII
  • Richard Torres
    VP, Community Relations Officer
    BBVA Compass
    Class XVI
  • Sally Vernon
    Chair, Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
    UT - Houston School of Public Health
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Vidal Martinez
    Managing Partner
    Martinez Partners LLP
    Class IX
  • Edward Bernacki
    Executive Director
    UT Health-Austin's WorkLife Health Solutions
    Class III
  • Sherry Weesner
    SMW Principle Solutions
    Community Development Class 1
  • Francis Coleman
    Attorney/Community Volunteer
    Class VIII
  • Lupe Fraga
    Owner & CEO
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • Nancy Hennessy
    Harris County Precint 1
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Paul Anderson
    Former Director
    Spectra Energy
    Class VII
  • Priscilla Plumb
    Practice Leader
    Sorrell Management Consulting and Executive Search
    Class XXIII
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Arthur Porter
    Retired - University V. P. Technology Dev.
    The University of Oklahoma
    Class V
  • Susan Osterberg
    University of Houston System
    Class XXV
  • Craig Jackson
    Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    Texas Southern University
    Class XXVI
  • Tyrone Tanner
    Associate Professor
    Prairie View A&M University
    Education Class 3
  • Ann Kaufman
    Community Volunteer
    Class VIII
  • Starla Reichek
    Assistant to the President, HFT
    Houston ISD
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Cissy Davis
    Managing Director
    Miller Theatre Advisory Board
    Class XXX
  • Julie Farr
    Executive Director
    Houston Museum District
    Class XLI
  • Susannah Wong

    Class XXII
  • Nancy Li-Tarim

    Class XXVIII
  • Kim Huseman
    Founding Member and Officer
    Houston Education Leadership Partners, LLC, dba Leadership Partners
    Education Class 3
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Ann Hollingsworth
    VP, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS and Shared Services
    Memorial Hermann
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • William Bryant
    Senior Staff Analyst / Special Asst. to the Director
    Houston Health Department
    Class XLVI
  • Alfred Bennett
    United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
    Class XXXIII
  • Alma Connor
    Retired - Chief US Pretrial Services Officer
    U.S. Courts
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Abel Davila

    Class XXI
  • Minh Tran
    Class XXIV
  • Curtresha Weston
    Assistant Regional Director
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice- Parole Division
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Ann Best Scott
    Chief Development Officer-HISD and Exec. Dir.
    HISD Foundation
    Class XLII
  • Charles Cook
    Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs
    Austin Community College
    Education Class 1
  • Leila Sarmecanic
    General Counsel
    Clear Creek ISD
    Class XXXIII
  • S. Shawn Stephens
    Retired- Partner, Appellate Law Specialist
    King and Spalding LLP
    Class XXIII
  • Fred Taylor
    President and CEO
    Face2Face Media Group, LLC
    Class XXXVIII
  • Melinda Perrin
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Laura Shuford

    Medical Community Class 1

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