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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
  • Gasper Mir
    Retired - Principal
    MFR Group
    Class IX
  • Geoff Carleton
    Traffic Engineers, Inc.
    Community Development Class 2
  • Ericka Brown
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Keri Schmidt
    President & CEO
    Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
    Class XLV
  • Michelle Barnes
    Executive Director
    Community Artists' Collective
    Class XXII
  • Betty Taylor
    Chief Executive Officer
    CenterPoint Human Services
    Class X
  • Catherine Than
    Business Attorney
    Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
    Class XLI
  • Julie Farr
    Executive Director
    Houston Museum District
    Class XLI
  • Nghi Ho
    Financial Planner
    Royal Oaks Financial Group
    Class XXIX
  • T.J. Martinez
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Brock Thomas
    State of Texas/Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Donna Bahorich
    Texas State Board of Education
    Class XLIII
  • Clarissa Stephens
    Sr. Manager, Applied Technology Services
    Harris County Budget Mgmt.
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Carl Matthews
    Lurenza Community Health Center
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Clark Lord
    Bracewell LLP
    Class XXXVI
  • Michael Pearson
    Senior Vice President/Not for Profit Banking
    Class XXXVIII
  • Deloyd Parker
    Executive Director
    Shape Community Center
    Class VI
  • Harry Gee
    Managing Partner
    Gee and Zhang, LP
    Class XVII
  • Jerrell Purvis
    Retired - Principal/NFISD
    Advisor/Houston Can Academy
    Education Class 1
  • John Meredith
    Chief Operating Officer
    Chamberlain Hrdlicka
    Class XXIII
  • Sabrina McTopy
    Walker Jackson L.L.P.
    Class XXXVIII
  • Pamela Potter
    Director Practice Operations
    Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Nory Angel
    Executive Director
    Class XXX
  • Jo Anne Masson

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Chree Boydstun
    Chief Development Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XXVIII
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Mary Beck
    Chief Operations Officer
    The Council on Recovery
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Rahul Mehta
    Mehta Family Foundation
    Class XLVI
  • Kelly Young
    AIDS Foundation Houston
    Class XLVI
  • Carole Riggs
    Attorney/Vice President
    Campbell & Riggs, P.C.
    Class XII
  • Ed Allday

    Class V
  • Caprice Cosper
    Retired - Director
    Office of Criminal Justice Coordination - Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Linda Buchman
    Community Relations Officer
    Spring Branch ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Jane Meyer
    Head of School
    St. Agnes Academy
    Class XXV
  • Michael Burke
    Founder & Chairman
    San Antonio Clean Technology Forum
    Class III
  • Vicki LaRue
    Camp For All
    Class XX
  • Jennifer Jones Santos
    J2 Strategic Solutions LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Eric Evans
    Tomball Regional Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Michael Tucker
    Practice Leader, Health & Benefits
    Willis Towers Watson
    Class XLVI
  • Kathryn Whitmire
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class VI
  • Sharron Cox
    St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Connie Almeida
    Director of Behavioral Health Services
    Fort Bend County
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Gail Winkler
    Retired--Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
    SD/TX, Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Cynthia Siegel
    Former Mayor/City of Bellaire
    Class XXVIII
  • Juanita Elizondo
    Deceased -Retired-Director, Corporate Relations- Fiesta Mart, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Risha Jones
    Deputy Director
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Reginald Adams
    CEO & Founder
    Reginald C. Adams LLC
    Class XXIV
  • Steve Schnee
    Retired--Executive Director
    Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 1

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