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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Suzan Deison, Sofia Adrogué, Leah Barton and Jerry Ashworth for leading our dialogue on: What Might Houston Become with Gender Equity in the Workplace?

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston’s 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
  • Travis Brashear
    EVP, National Sales
    IMAGINE Health, Inc.
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Donald Titcombe
    Senior Program Officer
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Pedro Alvarez
    Department Chair and George R. Brown Professor of Engineering
    Rice University
    Class XXVI
  • Kenneth Guidry
    PKF Texas, P.C.
    Class XXXVII
  • Bonna Kol
    Asia Society Texas Center
    Class XXVIII
  • C. Dean Woods
    Independent HR Executive Consultant
    CDW HR Consulting, LLC
    Class XXVIII
  • Jesus Rubio
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Arturo DeLeon

    Attorney At Law
    Class XXII
  • Sophia Smith
    Payload Software Engineering & Integration
    Class XXXIV
  • David Collins
    Civil Engineering Consultant
    FCM Engineers, PC
    Class VIII
  • Joan Ehrlich
    US EEOC-San Francisco District
    Class VII
  • Russell Jackson
    Decision Information Resources, Inc.
    Class XVI
  • Alvin Byrd
    Senior Staff Analyst
    City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods
    Community Development Class 1
  • Harry Gee
    Managing Partner
    Gee and Zhang, LP
    Class XVII
  • Ann Deaton
    Senior Managing Director
    U.S. Capital Advisors LLC
    Class XXX
  • Paul Puente
    Executive Secretary
    Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Frederick Baldwin
    Founder - Chairman
    FotoFest International
    Class XI
  • Brian Reed
    Vice Chair / Assoc Prof. Community Health Programs
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Tony Diaz
    Director of Intercultural Initiatives
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Class XXV
  • Jessica Diaz
    Assistant Director Of Constituent Relations at the LLILAS Benson- Latin American Studies and Collections
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Community Development Class 1
  • Janet Pozmantier
    Director, Center for School Behavioral Health
    Mental Health America of Greater Houston
    Class XXX
  • Kristin Guiney
    Judge, 232nd District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Alvia Wardlaw
    University Museum -Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Allison Winnike
    President & CEO
    The Immunization Partnership
    Class XLVI
  • Tiffany Cuellar Needham
    Executive Director
    Teach for America - Houston
    Class XLIII
  • Jay Steinfeld
    Class XXVIII
  • Soner Tarim
    Harmony Public Schools
    Class XXX
  • Cecilia Hawkins
    Former Deputy Superintendent
    Humble Independent School District
    Education Class 3
  • Riaz Siddiqi
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Denham Capital
    Class XLV
  • Kelley Lang
    Retired - VP-HR Unconventional
    Class XXXIV
  • Marc Melcher
    Vice President
    Merrill Lynch
    Class XXXI
  • Sultana Mangalji
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXVII
  • Robert Muhammad
    Southwest Regional Minister
    The Nation of Islam
    Class XIX
  • Robert Simon
    Assistant Deputy Director Adult Justice Services
    The HARRIS CENTER for Mental Health and IDD
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Marie Moreno
    Las Americas Newcomer School
    Education Class 3
  • Karrie Washenfelder
    Fort Bend Employee Federation
    Education Class 3
  • Emily Untermeyer
    Chief of Operations InterAmerica Pacific region
    Peace Corps
    Class XXVII
  • Mustapha Kibirige
    Omnia Healthcare
    Class XXXIV
  • Leonel Castillo
    City of Houston
    Class II
  • Leonard Gatewood
    Retired-President and CEO
    Ashbrooke Business Consultant
    Class V
  • Umair Shah
    Executive Director
    Harris County Public Health
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Sergio Castillo

    Class XXXVI
  • Jan Kish
    Real Estate Consultant
    Re/Max Top Realty/Tiger Team
    Class XII
  • David Gerger
    Gerger Khalil & Hennessy
    Criminal Justice 3

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