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April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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May 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
What is the Impact of Densification in Houston? Panelists include: • Margaret...
May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Joining Senior Fellows AND Celebrating Houston's Culinary Diversity Join us for great conversation...
October 18 - 19, 2019
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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Carmen Herrera, Janice Hale-Harris, June Hanke, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Dr. Charleta Guillory for bringing forward ALF"s powerful dialogue to increase awareness and decrease the prevalence of Maternal Birth Mortality in Harris County and the State of Texas.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston’s culinary scene at Neo Baguette at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand success!

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
  • Christine Markham
    Associate Professor & Associate Director
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health - Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Daniel Albert
    Chief of Staff - Council Member Steve Le
    City of Houston
    Class XLV
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Michael Fields
    Harris County Criminal Court #14
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Joseph Icet
    CEO/Urban Farmer
    Last Organic Outpost
    Community Development Class 2
  • Scott Van Beck
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 1
  • Eric Coleman
    Deputy Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Class XXXVI
  • Herminia Palacio
    Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
    City of New York
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Priscilla Plumb
    Practice Leader
    Sorrell Management Consulting and Executive Search
    Class XXIII
  • Mia Wright
    Co-Pastor, Director of Ministries
    The Fountain of Praise Church
    Class XLV
  • Peter Beard
    Sr. VP, Regional Workforce Development
    Greater Houston Partnership
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Terry Morales
    Senior Vice President
    Amegy Bank
    Class XXXIV
  • Angela Snow

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Susan Harris
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Jay Steinfeld
    Class XXVIII
  • Catherine Than
    Business Attorney
    Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
    Class XLI
  • Sandra Rivera
    President & CEO
    Sandy Rivera Communications
    Class IX
  • Minnette Boesel
    Retired - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Samuel Pena
    Fire Chief
    City of Houston
    Class XLVII
  • Teresa Yancey
    SVP - Corporate Investment Services
    Class XXX
  • Jerry Ashworth
    Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
    TIRR Memorial Hermann
    Class XLI
  • Jermaine Daggett
    DAGGETT Consulting Group
    Class XLIV
  • Sineria Ordóñez
    Project Manager
    Network of Behavioral Health Providers
    Class XLIV
  • Pat Charnveja
    Honorary Trade Advisor
    Ministry of Commerce of Thailand
    Class XXIII
  • Julie Spier
    Director of Pharmacy Operations
    Randalls/ Tom Thumb/ Albertsons
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Albert Myres
    A Myres and Associates
    Class XXV
  • Michael Burke
    Founder & Chairman
    San Antonio Clean Technology Forum
    Class III
  • Ericka Brown
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Susan Garwood
    President - Susan Vaughan Foundation
    Class XVII
  • Donald Titcombe
    Senior Program Officer
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Christopher Knapp
    Collaboration Capital LLC
    Class XXVI
  • Paula Hinton
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVIII
  • Allison Booker Brooks
    Chief Program Officer
    Northwest Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXVIII
  • Abel Davila

    Class XXI
  • Joe Garcia
    Retired - Information Technology
    American National Insurance Co.
    Class XII
  • Ann Hollingsworth
    VP, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS and Shared Services
    Memorial Hermann
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Marie Goradia
    Board Member, Pratham USA and Director
    Goradia Family Office
    Class XXXVI
  • Ranvir Mohindra
    President, CEO
    HMVS Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Ann Best Scott
    Chief Development Officer-HISD and Exec. Dir.
    HISD Foundation
    Class XLII
  • Harish Jajoo
    HJ Consulting, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • John Odam
    General Counsel
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Class II
  • Rosie McStay
    Assistant VP, Government & Community Benefits
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Shannon Buggs
    Director of Complete Communities
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVIII
  • Terence O'Rourke
    Special Assistant
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Allan Van Fleet
    Van Fleet LP
    Class XXVI
  • Ronald Oran
    Foley Gardere
    Class XLII
  • Emily Todd

    Class XXIV

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