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Thank you to Tory Gunsolley, Toni Jackson, Stephan Fairfield & David Kim for leading a discussion on affordable housing in Houston at the June Second Friday Breakfast.
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston Honors ALF and Dan Snare at the 2016 "Inaugural Networking Works" Reception
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American Leadership Forum

For three decades ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston 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 to empower 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

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.

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
  • John Spear
    Architect & Realtor/President
    Spear Properties, LLC/Richwood Realty Advisors, LLC.
    Class XVI
  • Judy Harris
    Chief of Staff
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 2
  • James Soller
    Chief Executive Officer
    Rebuilding Together Houston
    Community Development Class 2
  • James Colbert
    Superintendent
    Harris County Dept. of Education
    Class XXXVII
  • Rhonda Smith

    Class XX
  • Pamela Sailors
    Principal
    Southwest Schools
    Education Class 1
  • Clay Bowman
    Court Administrator
    Harris County District Courts
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Elizabeth Wareing
    Community Volunteer
    Class IX
  • Carra Moroni
    Division Manager-Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
    Houston Dept. of Health & Human Services
    Community Development Class 2
  • Domingo Barrios
    Financial Professional Associate
    Prudential
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Roynell Young
    CEO
    ProVision Inc.
    Education Class 2
  • M. Kaye DeWalt
    Assistant Superintendent and General Counsel, Designee
    Aldine ISD
    Education Class 1
  • Pat Rosenberg
    Community Volunteer
    Education Class 1
  • Susan Osterberg
    Educator
    University of Houston System
    Class XXV
  • Jerrell Purvis
    Retired Principal/NFISD
    Advisor/Houston Can Academy
    Education Class 1
  • Kevin Jefferies
    Chair, Government & Economics
    Alvin Community College
    Education Class 4
  • Cheryl Chanaud
    System Executive Director, Clinical Innovation & Research Institute
    Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Cheryl Peters
    Executive Director, Honors and Weekend College
    Houston Community College
    Education Class 4
  • Nancy Brainerd
    Deceased
    Class XIV
  • Elaine Barber
    President
    Greater Houston Black Chamber
    Education Class 1
  • Veronica Thibideaux
    President
    Alief American Federation of Teachers & School Employees
    Education Class 4
  • Lisa Helfman
    Real Estate Director
    H-E-B
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Celina Ridge
    CPA Retired
    Class X
  • Emily Todd

    Class XXIV
  • Floyd LeBlanc
    VP, Corporate Communications & Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXVI
  • Peggy Engram
    Retired; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
    UH Downtown College of Public Service
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Barry Mandel
    President & Park Director
    Discovery Green
    Class XX
  • Maria Elena Bottazzi
    Associate Dean & Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XXXIX
  • Charles Cook

    Education Class 1
  • Claudette Edwards
    Founder/ CEO
    TX SKIP
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Julie Spier
    Director of Pharmacy Operations
    Randalls/ Tom Thumb/ Albertsons
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Stuart Dow
    Head of School
    The Emery/Weiner School
    Class XXV
  • Taryn Sims
    President
    Wulfe Management Services, Inc.
    Class XXXI
  • Susie Crafton
    Senior CP, Development
    Education Pioneers
    Class XXXI
  • Ernesto Paredes
    Director of Parks and Recreation
    City of Galena Park
    Class XXXII
  • Douglas Sung

    Class XXII
  • Christopher Bilton
    Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center
    Community Development Class 2
  • Shaul Osadchey
    Rabbi
    Calgary Beth Tzedec Congregation
    Class VIII
  • Roxann Neumann
    Senior VP- Corp. Affairs
    Silver Eagle Distributors
    Class XXXIX
  • Manuel Marini
    Retired
    Telemundo KTMD TV 47
    Class XII
  • Adriana Tamez
    Education Administration-Raul Yzaguirre School of Success
    HCC Trustee Dist. 3
    Class XXXVI
  • David Collins
    Civil Engineering Consultant
    FCM Engineers, PC
    Class VIII
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • Martha Macris
    President and CEO
    Memorial Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXIX
  • Lee Brown
    Chairman and CEO
    Brown Group International
    Class V

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