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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
  • Susan Fordice
    President and CEO
    Mental Health America of Greater Houston
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Lillie Fontenot
    Development Consultant
    Accent Management
    Class V
  • Richard Noriega
    Chief Executive Officer
    AVANCE
    Class XV
  • Stan Marek
    President/CEO
    Marek Family of Companies
    Class XXVIII
  • Bridgette Murray
    President
    Pleasantville Area Super Neighborhood Council
    Community Development Class 1
  • Juan Alonso
    Regional Vice President
    HEB
    Class XXXVI
  • Mark Thiele
    Vice President- Housing Choice Voucher Programs
    Houston Housing Authority
    Community Development Class 2
  • Leslie Nelson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Society for the Performing Arts
    Class XXVI
  • Lemel Jones
    Chief Executive Officer
    Target Hunger
    Class XXXVII
  • Toni Lawrence
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXVII
  • Vivian Dawkins
    Associate Professor of Nursing, Adjunct
    Prairie View A&M University
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Curtresha Weston
    Parole Supervisor
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    President
    Employment & Training Centers, Inc.
    Class XXVII
  • Antoinette Jackson
    Partner
    Jones Walker LLP
    Community Development Class 1
  • Fabené Welch
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel
    EnerVest Ltd.
    Class XXVII
  • Abel Davila

    Class XXI
  • Gregory Jones
    Attorney at Law
    Law Office of Gregory N. Jones
    Class XXVIII
  • Deborah Anderson
    Executive Director
    Pyramid Community Development Corporation
    Class XXVII
  • Dan D'Armond
    Director, Community and Government Relations
    BMC Software
    Class XXVII
  • Maritza Guerrero
    President/CEO
    Community Family Centers
    Community Development Class 1
  • Rogene Calvert
    Principal
    Outreach Strategists, LLC
    Class XXIV
  • Lindile Yeni
    Executive Director
    Treasured Clay 2-4-7, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Janet Brown
    Director of Finance
    Space Center Houston/Manned Space Flight Education Fnd.
    Class XXXVI
  • John Johnson
    Director
    Johnson & Lindley LLC
    Class XI
  • John White
    Partner
    The Southern Funds Group, LLC
    Class XXI
  • Sofia Adrogue
    Member
    Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
    Class XX
  • Peter Chang
    President
    ECP Center of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • T.J. Martinez
    Deceased
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Sultana Mangalji
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXVII
  • James Reeder
    Partner
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Class XXVII
  • Jesus Rubio
    Retired
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • Aida Tello
    Asst. Prin./Counselor
    Lamar HS/HISD
    Education Class 4
  • Pattie Dale Tye
    President, Large Group, Segment VP
    Humana
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Lance Menster
    Officer, Curriculum and Development
    Houston ISD
    Class XXXVII
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • J. Michael Solar
    Managing Partner
    Solar & Associates, L.L.P.
    Class VII
  • Michael Pearson
    Senior Vice President/Not for Profit Banking
    Amegy Bank of Texas
    Class XXXVIII
  • Berenice Yu
    Director of Asset Building Programs
    Avenue
    Class XXXVIII
  • Robert Ivany
    President
    University of St. Thomas
    Class XXV
  • Mark Kent Ellis
    Judge, 351st District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 2
  • William King
    President
    Southwest Airport Services, Inc.
    Class VI
  • Randy Sim
    President
    Satsun Corporation
    Class XXX
  • Diane Scardino
    Vice President
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Medical Community Class 5
  • C. Dean Woods
    Independent HR Executive Consultant
    CDW HR Consulting, LLC
    Class XXVIII
  • Rayanne Darensbourg
    Director of Development
    American Leadership Forum
    Community Development Class 1

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