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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
  • Dean Gladden
    Managing Director
    Alley Theatre
    Class XXVI
  • Cheryl Chanaud
    System Executive Director, Clinical Innovation & Research Institute
    Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Richard Theriault
    Professor of Medicine
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Kim Huseman
    Founding Member and Officer
    Houston Education Leadership Partners, LLC, dba Leadership Partners
    Education Class 3
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Trevor Burt
    VP, Education Administration
    Houston Methodist
    Class XLVI
  • Cynthia Briggs
    CEO Emeritus
    Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.
    Class XVII
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Class XLII
  • James Barrette
    Secretariat Director-Pastoral & Educational Ministries
    Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XLI
  • Diane Scardino
    Vice President
    Texas Children's Health Plan
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Keri Curtis Schmidt
    President & CEO
    Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
    Class XLV
  • Sylvester Turner
    City of Houston
    Class XX
  • Lee Brown
    Chairman and CEO
    Brown Group International
    Class V
  • Cruz Hinojosa
    Class XXVII
  • Michael Williams
    Senior Pastor/Founder
    The Genesis Church
    Class XVII
  • Stacy Methvin
    Pioneer Natural Resources, Magellan Midstream Partners, Marquard & Bahls
    Class XXI
  • Laura Cohen
    Director of Clinical Services
    Pathfinders of Oregon
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Peggy Engram
    Retired; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
    UH Downtown College of Public Service
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Sylvia Brooks
    Houston Area Urban League Inc.
    Class X
  • Susan Garwood
    President - Susan Vaughan Foundation
    Class XVII
  • Helen Havens
    St. Stephen Episcopal Church
    Class V
  • Roland Garcia
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Nicole Lievsay
    Senior Director
    The Harris Center
    Class XXXVI
  • Jim Mills
    Director of Culinary
    Buc-ee's, Ltd.
    Class XXX
  • Laura Ostlind Thomas
    Ostlind Thomas Inc.
    Community Development Class 2
  • Jeff Clarke
    Clarke & Company
    Class XV
  • Jerome Martin
    VP/General Manager
    KPRC-Channel 2
    Class XXXIV
  • Sandra Olson
    Executive Director
    The Coalition of Behavioral Health Services
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Bakeyah Nelson
    Executive Director
    Air Alliance Houston
    Class XLVI
  • Itze Soliz
    Attorney & Counselor At Law
    Law Offices of Itze Soliz
    Class XXX
  • Manson Johnson
    Shepherd - Teacher
    Holman Street Baptist Church
    Class XI
  • Diane Arms
    Director of Behavioral Health
    Avenue 360 Health and Wellness
    Class XLIV
  • Walter Jackson
    Brenham ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Genora Boykins
    Assistant Regional General Counsel
    NRG Energy, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Fatima Mawji
    Past Board Chair, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
    Class XXXVIII
  • Tram Ho
    Physician - Internal Medicine
    Rudolph Medical Assoc. PA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • William Taylor
    President & CEO
    The Council on Recovery
    Class XXIX
  • Andrea Caracostis
    Chief Executive Officer
    HOPE Clinic
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Nory Angel
    Executive Director
    Class XXX
  • Russell Richard
    Director of Leadership & Engagement
    Center for Houston's Future
    Class XXXVI
  • Roopa Gir
    Founder & Chairman
    Class XLIII
  • Martha Macris
    President and CEO
    Memorial Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXIX
  • Roderick Paige
    US Secretary of Education
    Class IX
  • Manuel Marini
    The Original Marini's Empanada House, Since 1971
    Class XII
  • Kenneth Li
    Southwest Realty Group
    Class XLII
  • Steve Amstutz
    Director - Measuring What Matters
    Institute for Research and Reform in Education
    Class XXIII

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