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The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

Thank you very much to Ann Best Scott, Dr. Chris Greeley, and Dr. Bob Sanborn who led our June Second Friday Breakfast dialogue on Growing Up in Houston.

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

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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
  • Remmele Young
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental & External Affairs
    Houston Community College
    Class XLIV
  • David Abraham
    Research Scientist/ Lecturer
    Rice University
    Class XXXV
  • Joe Gorton

    Class VI
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Sally Jeffcoat
    Executive Vice President-Growth, Strategy & Innovation
    Trinity Health
    Class XIX
  • Kimberly McLeod
    Assistant Superintendent
    Harris County Department of Education
    Education Class 2
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • Anne Tucker
    Curator Emerita
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Class IX
  • Umit Pecen
    US Financial
    Class XLV
  • Catherine Garcia-Prats
    Community Volunteer
    San Francisco Nativity Academy of Houston
    Class XLI
  • Cynthia Siegel
    Former Mayor/City of Bellaire
    Class XXVIII
  • Gabrielle Hansen
    Executive Director
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-Houston Galveston
    Class XLIV
  • Sallie Rawlings
    Class XVII
  • Caroline Baker
    151st Civil District Court
    Class XXIII
  • Jo Anne Masson

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Yolanda Smith
    Executive Director
    Class XLII
  • Stephen Klineberg
    Professor of Sociology, Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
    Rice University
    Class X
  • Kathleen Ownby
    Executive Director
    SPARK School Park Program
    Class XXXVI
  • Gary Grier
    Senior Project Manager
    Coalition for the Homeless of Houston Harris County
    Class XLV
  • Errol Allen II
    Senior Integrator
    Class XLII
  • Ursula Hall
    Judge, 165th Civil District Court
    Harris County
    Class XLI
  • Barbara Irving
    Director of Employment & Veteran Services
    Career and Recovery Resources, Inc
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Dave Watson
    Retired - Scientist Nat'l Space Biomed Research Inst.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Nomaan Husain
    Chair of the Litigation Group, Owner/President
    Husian Law & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXVIII
  • Susanne Theis
    Programming Director
    Discovery Green
    Class XXXII
  • Rosie Zamora
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII
  • Priscilla Plumb
    Practice Leader
    Sorrell Management Consulting and Executive Search
    Class XXIII
  • Kimberly Monday
    Houston Neurological Institute
    Class XLVI
  • Sineria Ord??ez
    Project Manager
    Network of Behavioral Health Providers
    Class XLIV
  • Ernest Lewis
    President and CEO
    Adult Learning Center
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Ann Deaton
    Senior Managing Director
    U.S. Capital Advisors LLC
    Class XXX
  • Gary Randazzo
    Director, Executive Education
    University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business
    Class XIX
  • Cydonii Fairfax
    EVP & General Counsel
    Class XLIX
  • Claudette Edwards
    Founder/ CEO
    Criminal Justice 1
  • John Chen
    Retired - Assistant Chief
    Houston Police Department
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Nancy Sims
    Senior Vice President
    Pierpont Communications, Inc.
    Class XXIX
  • Rolando Trevino
    Chief School Officer- East Area
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXXVI
  • Cathy Mincberg
    President and CEO
    Center for the Reform of School Systems
    Class V
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Tammie Campbell
    Founder and Executive Director
    Honey Brown Hope Foundation
    Class XLIX
  • Carole Pinkett
    Retired - Human Resources & Mediation Consultant
    Class VII
  • Darren Asher
    Deputy Asst. Director
    Houston Dept. Of Health & Human Services
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Alice Aanstoos
    Retired - Regional Vice President
    Class XVII
  • Michael Alvarez
    Retired - Manager-Workforce Development Initiative-Shell
    Class XL-Workforce Development

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