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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
  • Jim Mills
    Director of Culinary
    Buc-ee's, Ltd.
    Class XXX
  • Jeanette Valdivieso
    Chief Operating Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XLVI
  • Alfred Leal
    Retired - Attorney at Law
    Leal & Associates
    Class XII
  • Angelica Garcia
    AIM Global Logistics
    Class XLIV
  • Joe Gorton

    Class VI
  • Mark Thiele
    Sr. Vice President
    Houston Housing Authority
    Community Development Class 2
  • Linda Geffin
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Myra Davis
    Sr. Vice President/Chief Information Officer
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Class XLII
  • Carlecia Wright
    Director - Office of Business Opportunity
    City of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Richard Farias
    American Latino Center for Research, Education & Justice
    Class XLIII
  • James Leslie
    Marketplace Chaplains
    Criminal Justice 3
  • John Duman
    Premier Edu
    Class XLIII
  • Luz Flores
    Executive Director
    AVANCE-Houston, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Solly Diaz
    Asst. Director
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Yong An
    Managing Attorney
    LNG Law firm
    Class XX
  • Gail Williford
    Retired-Minister and Life Coach
    St. Paul's UMC and University UMC, Austin
    Class IX
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • Cherri Carbonara
    Carbonara Group
    Class XXXVI
  • Margaret Skidmore
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Class XV
  • Rebecca Lunstroth
    Associate Director/Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
    McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics UTHSC
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Mourhaf Sabouni
    AUTOARCH Architects LLC
    Class XXV
  • Leah Barton
    VP and General Manager, Home Protection
    Direct Energy, Centrica plc
    Class XXXVII
  • Ann Johnson
    Adjunct Faculty-Mock Trial Litigation Voir Dire/Jury Communication
    South Texas College of Law Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Alice Aanstoos
    Retired - Regional Vice President
    Class XVII
  • Riaz Siddiqi
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Denham Capital
    Class XLV
  • Shelly Power
    Executive Director
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    Class XXXIV
  • Reginald Adams
    CEO & Founder
    Reginald C. Adams LLC
    Class XXIV
  • Nicole Lievsay
    Director, Quality Validation
    Community Health Choice
    Class XXXVI
  • Remmele Young
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental & External Affairs
    Houston Community College
    Class XLIV
  • Daniel Albert
    Chief of Staff - Council Member Steve Le
    City of Houston
    Class XLV
  • Larry Satterwhite
    Assistant Chief-Homeland Security Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XLII
  • Gloria Gallegos
    Associate Superintendent for Special Programs
    Pasadena ISD
    Class XXXV
  • Carla Kuaiwa
    Owner/Managing Director
    CK Cross Consulting, Inc
    Class XLIV
  • Argentina James
    President & CEO
    Hill Day Public Relations
    Class XXI
  • Julie Spier
    Director of Pharmacy Operations
    Randalls/ Tom Thumb/ Albertsons
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Barbara Hurwitz
    Community Volunteer
    Class X
  • C. Dean Woods
    Independent HR Executive Consultant
    CDW HR Consulting, LLC
    Class XXVIII
  • Dean Muths
    Retired - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
    Clear Creek ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Bruce Marquis
    Retired- Chief of Police
    Norfolk PD
    Class XV
  • Michael Pearson
    Senior Vice President/Not for Profit Banking
    Class XXXVIII
  • Kenneth Cowan
    VP Sales and Marketing
    Class XLIV
  • Nomaan Husain
    Chair of the Litigation Group, Owner/President
    Husian Law & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXVIII
  • Sherry Merfish
    Consultant and Social Activist
    Class XVI
  • Paula Willyard
    Dean of Community Campuses
    Tulsa Community College
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Carolyn Grovey-Brown
    President & Senior Consultant
    The GB Center of Solutions, LLC
    Class XVIII
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Lupe Fraga
    Owner & CEO
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • Elvin Franklin
    State Farm Insurance
    Class XXII

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