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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
  • Michael Marsh
    Commercial Manager
    Engie Gas North America
    Class XXXIX
  • Annise Parker
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class XVII
  • Michael Love
    Assistant Superintendent- Career Readiness
    HISD
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Minh Tran
    Attorney
    LUAT, PLLC
    Class XXIV
  • Jason Bernal
    Chief School Officer - East Area
    HISD
    Class XXXI
  • Robert McPherson
    Dean, College of Education
    University of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Gwendolyn Goffe
    Chief Investment Officer
    The Brown Foundation,Inc
    Class XIV
  • Catherine Than
    Business Attorney
    Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
    Class XLI
  • Marie Goradia
    President
    Pratham Houston and Goradia Family Office
    Class XXXVI
  • Floyd LeBlanc
    VP, Corporate Communications & Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXVI
  • Roderick Paige
    Former
    US Secretary of Education
    Class IX
  • Jolanda Jones
    Attorney
    Jolanda Jones Consulting
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Stephen Fraga
    President
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Mark Kent Ellis
    Judge, 351st District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Rodrick Barongi
    Zoo Conservation and Design Consultant
    Class XXI
  • Paula Harris
    Director Global Social Responsibility Programming
    Slumberger
    Education Class 3
  • Stephen Trauber
    Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy
    Citi-Investment Banking
    Class XXI
  • Allison Booker Brooks
    Executive Director
    YWCA of Houston
    Class XXXVIII
  • Pauline Higgins
    Attorney & Mediator
    Pauline E. Higgins & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXV
  • Lenox Reed
    Retired
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Class VIII
  • Debra Schmidt
    Major
    Harris County Sheriff's Office
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Emily Crosswell
    Community Volunteer
    Class V
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • David Collins
    Civil Engineering Consultant
    FCM Engineers, PC
    Class VIII
  • Michelle Barnes
    Executive Director
    Community Artists' Collective
    Class XXII
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Retired
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Qusai Mahesri
    Managing Director
    Xpediant Solutions
    Class XXXV
  • Alejandro Morua
    Director of Partnerships and Innovation
    HoustonA+ Challenge
    Class XXXVII
  • Clay Bowman
    Court Administrator
    Harris County District Courts
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Dorothy Caram
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Martha Jamison
    Judge
    Harris County 14th Court of Appeals
    Class XXV
  • Kim Huseman
    Associate Director, Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program
    Jones Graduate School of Business
    Education Class 3
  • Rebecca Reyna
    Executive Director
    Greater Northside Management District
    Community Development Class 2
  • Ghulam Bombaywala

    Five Star Merchant Services
    Class XX
  • Can Dogan
    Associate Professor of Economics, Chair of the Business Administration Department, MBA Program Coordinator
    North American University
    Class XXXI
  • Bill Teague
    President
    Teague & Associates, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Lisa Caruthers
    Director
    Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE)
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Zinetta Burney
    Judge
    Justice of the Peace, Pct 7-2
    Class XIV
  • Angela Blanchard
    President and CEO
    Neighborhood Centers Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Philip Hilder
    Attorney
    Hilder & Associates PC
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Patrice McKinney
    Attorney
    Lanier Law Firm
    Class XXXVI
  • Sis Johnson
    Community Volunteer
    Inprint, Inc., Buffalo Bayou Partnership, 1st Natl Bk Manchester, TN, Brazos Bookstore
    Class XXVI
  • Sara Cronin
    Director, Corporate Communications/Government Affairs
    TPC Group
    Class XXX
  • Gilda Ramirez
    Vice President, Small Business Development
    Port of Houston Authority
    Class XXV
  • Karen Love
    Director/Owner- Practice Growth
    PKF Texas
    Class XXXV
  • Patti Abshire
    SVP, Community Relations Manager
    Bank of America
    Class XLI
  • Zelma Branch
    Member
    Harris County Appraisal Review Board
    Class XI

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