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American Leadership Forum

For three and a half 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
  • Margaret Shannon
    Retired-General Counsel BJ Services Company
    Board of Directors, Quanta Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Donald McAdams
    Founder & Chairman
    Center for Reform of School Systems
    Class XV
  • Melissa Noriega
    VP Policy & Partnerships
    BakerRipley
    Class XXV
  • Paul Charles
    Executive Director
    Neighborhood Recovery Community Dev. Corp./Community Loan Center of Greater Houston
    Class XLI
  • John Spear
    Architect & Realtor/President
    Spear Properties, LLC/Richwood Realty Advisors, LLC.
    Class XVI
  • Edward Allen
    Senior Partner and Co-Founder
    Eagle Global Advisors
    Class XXXI
  • Collin Cox
    Partner
    Yetter Coleman LLP
    Class XLII
  • Suzette Jones
    Managing Member
    Training Resources Consulting, LLC
    Class XXXII
  • Alan Rosen
    Constable Precinct 1
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Catherine Brock
    Partner
    Allen Austin
    Class XXI
  • Don Wang
    Retired - Chairman of the Board
    MetroBank
    Class IX
  • Pauline Higgins
    Attorney & Mediator
    Pauline E. Higgins & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXV
  • Marcus Malonson
    Senior Vice President
    Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Class XXIX
  • Melanie Johnson
    President and CEO
    The Health Musuem
    Class XLII
  • Kelly Ziga
    Chief Executive Officer
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • Charlene Slack
    Executive Director
    Wayne Duddlesten Foundation
    Community Development Class 2
  • Thomas Stauffer
    Managing Partner
    Global Consultation, LLC, Twelve5 Oenology
    Class II
  • Zelma Branch
    Member
    Harris County Appraisal Review Board
    Class XI
  • Michael Fields
    Judge
    Harris County Criminal Court #14
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Juanita Elizondo
    Retired-Director, Corporate Relations
    Fiesta Mart, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Veronica Thibideaux
    President
    Alief American Federation of Teachers & School Employees
    Education Class 4
  • Leticia Turner
    Community Volunteer
    Class XVII
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Laurence Neuhaus
    President
    Neuhaus Investment Company
    Class X
  • Rayanne Darensbourg

    Community Development Class 1
  • Sean Gorman
    Partner
    Bracewell LLP
    Class XXV
  • David Brown
    Principal
    dabfoto creative
    Class XXXIII
  • Ian Rosenberg
    Principal/INFILL Planning & Development LLC
    13 Celsius, Mongoose vs. Cobra, Weights + Measures
    Community Development Class 1
  • Sheri Foreman
    President and CEO
    Houston Center for Literacy
    Class XXXII
  • Richard Padilla
    Retired-Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Texas at El Paso
    Class XI
  • Tanya Debose
    Executive Director
    Independence Heights Redevelopment Council
    Community Development Class 2
  • Kenneth Wells
    President
    Alken Health Resources
    Class XXI
  • Michael Williams
    Senior Pastor/Founder
    The Genesis Church
    Class XVII
  • Susan Kiley
    Solutions Executive
    Encore Health Resources
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Stephen Costello
    President
    Costello, Inc.
    Class XXX
  • Roberto Trevino
    Executive VP, Planning, Engineering & Construction
    METRO
    Class XXXVIII
  • Scott Caven
    Managing Director
    Atlantic Trust Co.
    Class VI
  • Carlos Escobar
    Associate VP Business Operations & Facilities Staff
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Elizabeth Griffin
    Retired
    Class II
  • Steve Vetrano
    Chief Executive Officer
    Avondale House
    Class XXXII
  • Lan Bentsen
    President
    Shape Up Houston
    Class III
  • John White
    Partner
    The Southern Funds Group, LLC
    Class XXI
  • Maritza Guerrero
    President/CEO
    Community Family Centers
    Community Development Class 1
  • Jerry Ashworth
    VP & Chief Operating Officer
    TIRR Memorial Hermann
    Class XLI
  • Jason Bernal
    Chief School Officer - East Area
    HISD
    Class XXXI
  • Stephen Trauber
    Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy
    Citi-Investment Banking
    Class XXI
  • Anna Babin
    President & CEO
    United Way of Greater Houston
    Class XV

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