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June 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
ALF "Deep" Check-In Join Mel Taylor, Class XXIX,CEO, The Council on Recovery and ALF Program...
June 15 - 21, 2020
Join your classmates for ALF's 2nd Annual "Class Reunion Week" Each class is invited to host...
June 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
During this time of uncertainty and change, several leaders have leveraged their creativity and...
June 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
ALF "Deep" Check-In Join Mel Taylor, Class XXIX,CEO, The Council on Recovery and ALF Program...
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SAVE THE NEW DATE: September 17, 2020 For more than two decades, the American Leadership Forum has...

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Leading into Action--2019 Annual Report
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Join Your Class for the 2nd Annual ALF Class Reunion Week: June 15-21, 2020
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Leadership matters-- all the time-- and especially during a crisis.  As we move through the current COVID-19 crisis, the American Leadership Forum is proud to support our leaders across the Houston/Gulf Coast Region who are working tirelessly to support the community. 

The American Leadership Forum was created here in Houston nearly 40 years ago to create a platform for us to collaborate and help one another, especially during times like these.  The ALF network is deep and holds incredible potential to be a vital part of the solutions that will help our community navigate through our current challenges.  We are stronger together! 

We are continuing to develop and offer opportunities to support our Fellows and Senior Fellows through virtual convenings and welcome your suggestions on topics impacting our community through this challenging time. While we are honoring the Stay at Home, Work Safe guidelines, ALF staff remains available to support you and may be contacted directly through email.

Click here for a curated list of COVID-19 Resources


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
  • Charles Savage
    Executive Director
    The Urban Enrichment Institute
    Community Development Class 1
  • Jay Jenkins
    Harris County Project Attorney
    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
    Class XXXIX
  • Deloyd Parker
    Executive Director
    Shape Community Center
    Class VI
  • Frank Rossi
    Our Lady of the Pines
    Class XVI
  • Robert Miller
    Locke Lord LLP
    Class XVI
  • Robert Ivany
    President Emeritus
    University of St. Thomas
    Class XXV
  • Robert Simon

    Criminal Justice 3
  • Charles Gregg
    Attorney & Counselor
    Class XVII
  • Theopolis Holeman
    Spectra Energy Crop
    Class XIV
  • Patricia Cabrera
    Director of the East End Collaborative
    Christus Foundation
    Class XXI
  • John Odam
    General Counsel
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Class II
  • Stan Marek
    Marek Family of Companies
    Class XXVIII
  • Gabrielle Hansen
    Executive Director
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-Houston Galveston
    Class XLIV
  • Gary Grier
    Section 3 Manager
    Harris County Community Services Department
    Class XLV
  • Shaukat Zakaria
    HealthQuest Therapeutics, LLC
    Class XXXIX
  • Maria Elena Bottazzi
    Associate Dean & Professor
    National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XXXIX
  • Catherine Brock
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXI
  • Ken Janda
    Wild Blue Health Solutions
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Deborah Gibson
    Executive Vice President
    Amegy Bank of Houston
    Class XXVII
  • Ann Barnes
    Chief Medical Officer
    Harris Health System
    Class XXIX
  • Sheroo Mukhtiar
    CEO/Executive Director
    SER Jobs
    Class XLVIII
  • Giselle Greenwood
    Editor in Chief
    Houston Business Journal
    Class XLVII
  • Susan Elmore
    Elmore Public Relations, Inc.
    Class XXVI
  • Georgianna Nichols
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXI
  • Andy Weiner
    President and Founder
    RockStep Capital
    Class X
  • Christina Cabral
    Area Retail Sales Manager
    Class XXXVII
  • Stephen Costello
    Chief Resilience & Chief Recovery Officer
    City of Houston
    Class XXX
  • Michael Alvarez
    Retired - Manager-Workforce Development Initiative-Shell
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Scott Van Beck
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 1
  • Yolanda Smith
    Executive Director
    Class XLII
  • George Martinez
    Chief Executive Officer
    Allegiance Bank
    Class XVII
  • Samuel Pena
    Fire Chief
    City of Houston
    Class XLVII
  • Ange Finn
    Adjunct Faculty and Program Director, Sacred Vocation Program
    UTHealth McGovern Medical School
    Class XXIX
  • Gerry Pate
    Pate Transportation Partners
    Class II
  • Ashlea Graves Turner
    Gavel In LLC
    Class LII
  • Sehba Sarwar
    Independent artist
    Class XXXII
  • Cheryl Murray
    Division Manager, Patrol Region 2 Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XXVIII
  • Berenice Yu
    Director of Asset Building Programs
    Avenue CDC
    Class XXXVIII
  • Eva Guzman
    Texas Supreme Court
    Class XXII
  • Leonel Castillo
    City of Houston
    Class II
  • Reagan Flowers
    CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc.
    Education Class 1
  • Joseph Synan
    Artist and Leadership Consultant and Leadingwell Associates
    Class XIX
  • Joni Vollman
    Bureau Chief
    Texas Attorney General's Office
    Criminal Justice 1
  • John Sage
    Founder/Chief Executive Officer
    Bridges to Life
    Criminal Justice 1

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