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April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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May 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
What is the Impact of Densification in Houston? Panelists include: • Margaret...
May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Joining Senior Fellows AND Celebrating Houston's Culinary Diversity Join us for great conversation...
October 18 - 19, 2019
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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Carmen Herrera, Janice Hale-Harris, June Hanke, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Dr. Charleta Guillory for bringing forward ALF"s powerful dialogue to increase awareness and decrease the prevalence of Maternal Birth Mortality in Harris County and the State of Texas.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houstonís culinary scene at Neo Baguette at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand success!

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
  • Debra Mayfield
    Senior Counsel
    Enterprise Products Partners L.P.
    Class XLV
  • Sheri Williams
    Superintendent and Regional Vice President
    Lighthouse Academies
    Education Class 3
  • Ronald Oran
    Foley Gardere
    Class XLII
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Nicole West
    NCA Investigations
    Class XLVII
  • Floyd LeBlanc
    Retired VP, Government Liaison
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXVI
  • Elwyn Lee
    Vice President for Community Relations and Institutional Access
    University of Houston
    Class XI
  • Charles Gregg
    Attorney & Counselor
    Class XVII
  • Frazier Wilson
    Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation, Director, Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Education Class 3
  • Brandon Dudley
    Chief of Staff and General Counsel
    Office of County Commissioner Rodney Ellis
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Dale Trevino
    The Trevino Group
    Class XXII
  • Robert Miller
    Locke Lord LLP
    Class XVI
  • Joe Allen
    Managing Partner
    Allen Boone Humphries LLP
    Class XV
  • Tracy Baskin
    Associate Pastor
    Freedom Center Church
    Class XXV
  • Leslie Smith, II
    Change Happens Community Development Corporation and Change Happens Ministry
    Class XXVI
  • Cindy Garbs
    Wellness & Anti-Aging Consultant
    Universal Divine Design
    Class XV
  • Robin Khan
    COO/Pharmacy Director
    Health Quest Therapeutics
    Class XLVI
  • Steven Parker
    Owner/Creative Director
    SEPia Creative, LLC
    Community Development Class 1
  • Leonard Zwelling
    Retired - VP Medical Support Services
    Legacy Community Health Services
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Mark Campsey
    Class XXXI
  • Chree Boydstun
    Chief Development Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XXVIII
  • Hannah Chow
    Lawyer, Former Judge
    Class II
  • Jo Ann Delgado
    Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
    Harris County
    Class XXVI
  • David Underwood, Sr.
    President - Feliciana Corporation
    Class IV
  • Sylvia Garcia
    Texas State Senator, District 6
    Texas State Senate
    Class V
  • Karrie Washenfelder
    Fort Bend Employee Federation
    Education Class 3
  • Julie Boom
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Nicole Lievsay
    Director, Quality Validation
    Community Health Choice
    Class XXXVI
  • Paula Harris
    Director Global Social Responsibility Programming
    Education Class 3
  • Richard Schechter
    Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C.
    Class XXX
  • Cathy Mincberg
    President and CEO
    Center for the Reform of School Systems
    Class V
  • Lori Hinton
    American Case Management, Houston
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Elizabeth Griffin
    Class II
  • Gay Estes
    Community Volunteer
    Class XII
  • Becky Korenek
    VP Contracting Strategies
    UTMB Health
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Florence Bonner
    Bonner & Associates
    Class V
  • Janis Bane
    Staff Analyst
    City of Houston Health Department
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Samuel Sarabia
    Retired-Chief School Officer
    Class XXXI
  • Nancy Hennessy
    Harris County Precint 1
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Judith Finkel
    Past Chair
    Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region
    Class XXXV
  • Ellen DeSanctis
    Vice President Investor Relations and Communications
    Class XXIV
  • Robert Eckels
    Husch Blackwell LLP
    Class XIII
  • Alexander Bunin
    Chief Public Defender
    Harris County, Texas
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Aijaz Khowaja
    Palms Recovery Corp.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Bonnie Foxworth
    Team Building and Relationships
    Foxworth Consulting
    Class X
  • Hector Monterroso
    Bishop Assistant
    Episcopal Diocese of Texas
    Class XLVII
  • Suzanne Syme
    Class XII

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