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Thank you to Mustafa Tameez, Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Kathryn McNiel, and Tim Schauer for joining us to kick off our 3-part series on Election Reform with a dialogue on Money and Politics.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Kiran's Houston at ALF's Reservations for Six program.

Diversity of Thought: Building Together--2018 Annual Report

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
  • Christopher Lloyd
    Piedmont Clinic
    Class XXXIV
  • Carol Alvarado
    State Representative
    District 145, State of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Kim Vu-Nguyen
    Class XXVIII
  • Itze Soliz
    Attorney & Counselor At Law
    Law Offices of Itze Soliz
    Class XXX
  • Janis Bane
    Staff Analyst
    City of Houston Health Department
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Manuel Marini
    The Original Marini's Empanada House, Since 1971
    Class XII
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Gabrielle Hansen
    Executive Director
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-Houston Galveston
    Class XLIV
  • Rafael Alvarez
    Founder & National Board Director
    Genesys Works
    Education Class 1
  • Leonard Kincaid
    Executive Director
    Houston Center for Sobriety
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Lidya Kushner Osadchey
    Owner and Principal
    Kushner Advisors, LLC
    Class XXXVII
  • Jon Iszard
    Senior Healthcare Advisor
    Gelb Consulting, An Endeavor Management Company
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Rodney Ellis
    Commissioner, Precinct One
    Harris County
    Class II
  • Alan Rosen
    Constable Precinct 1
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Robin Khan
    COO/Pharmacy Director
    Health Quest Therapeutics
    Class XLVI
  • Courtney Lamm
    Chief Development Officer
    Houston Public Media, University of Houston
    Class XLVIII
  • Jim Kollaer
    Managing Director
    Kollaer Advisors, LLC
    Class I
  • Julie Farr
    Executive Director
    Houston Museum District
    Class XLI
  • Grace Olivares
    Director of Community Empowerment
    Univision Houston
    Class XXVII
  • Belinda Hill
    Class XX
  • Steven Parker
    Owner/Creative Director
    SEPia Creative, LLC
    Community Development Class 1
  • Martha Wong
    Texas House of Representatives
    Class X
  • Kathy Hubbard
    Hubbard Financial Services, Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • Kevin Collins
    St. Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Church
    Community Development Class 1
  • Naomi Macias
    Bureau Chief of Public Health
    City of Houston Health Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Dean Gladden
    Managing Director
    Alley Theatre
    Class XXVI
  • Larry Hawkins
    Financial Advisor
    New England Financial
    Class X
  • John Esquivel
    Retired-Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer; Associate General Counsel
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXVI
  • Samuel Golden
    Managing Director and CEO
    Alvarez & Marsal Financial Institutions Advisory
    Class XX
  • Marcus Malonson
    Senior Vice President
    Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Class XXIX
  • Frank Donnelly
    Kensinger Donnelly LLC
    Class XLIV
  • Taryn Sims
    Wulfe Management Services, Inc.
    Class XXXI
  • Ritu Nadkarni
    Associate Director- Medical Affairs
    Merck & Co.
    Class XLIX
  • Jew Don Boney
    Associate Director, Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace
    Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Pedro Alvarez
    Department Chair and George R. Brown Professor of Engineering
    Rice University
    Class XXVI
  • Richard Padilla
    Retired-Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Texas at El Paso
    Class XI
  • Mark Praigg
    Interim Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center, Operated by Houston Community College
    Community Development Class 2
  • Roger Adamson
    The George Foundation
    Class XLIV
  • Janiece Longoria
    Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall, L.L.P.
    Class X
  • Karen Carter Richards
    Forward Times Publishing Company
    Class XLVIII
  • Baldwin Tom
    The Baldwin Group, Inc.
    Class IV
  • Gary Randazzo
    Director, Executive Education
    University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business
    Class XIX
  • Terry Bell
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XXV
  • Ruby Powers
    Founder and Managing Attorney
    Powers Law Group, P.C.
    Class XLVIII
  • Barbara Irving

    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Kathryn Whitmire
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class VI
  • Carol Shattuck
    Retired - President and CEO
    Collaborative for Children
    Class XXIII
  • Vince Ryan
    Harris County Attorney
    Harris County, Texas
    Class IX

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