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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
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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 Houstonís 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
  • Roberto Trevino
    Executive VP, Planning, Engineering & Construction
    Class XXXVIII
  • Katharine Lord
    Retired - Executive Director
    Bayou Preservation Association
    Class XVI
  • Robert Manzo
    Police Captain, Auto Theft Division
    Houston Police Department
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Clay Bowman
    Court Administrator
    Harris County District Courts
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Stephan Fairfield
    Covenant Community Capital Corporation
    Community Development Class 1
  • Sharron Cox
    St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Ileana Trevino
    Trevino Consulting Group
    Class XXX
  • Nicole West
    NCA Investigations
    Class XLVII
  • Kelly Young

    Class XLVI
  • Wendy Watriss
    Co-Founder and Senior Curator
    FotoFest International
    Class X
  • Orfelina Garza
    Houston Community College System - Southwest
    Class XXIV
  • Mary Covington
    Special Programs Manager
    Harris County STAR Drug Court, Veterans' Treatment Court & Responsive Interventions for Change
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Bonnie Longnion
    Education Class 1
  • Ange Finn
    AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner (Stress Relief and Wellness)
    Tap Into Yourself, LLC
    Class XXIX
  • Joyce Langenegger
    Executive Director for Academic Success
    Blinn College
    Class XX
  • Terry Morales
    Senior Vice President
    Amegy Bank
    Class XXXIV
  • Pete Garcia
    Pete Garcia International, Inc.
    Class XXXV
  • David Johnston
    Director, College Readiness Department
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Tanya Debose
    Executive Director
    Independence Heights Redevelopment Council
    Community Development Class 2
  • Leonel Castillo
    City of Houston
    Class II
  • Sherman Lewis
    Lewis Group
    Class XXX
  • Julie Farr
    Executive Director
    Houston Museum District
    Class XLI
  • Roy Cordes
    County Attorney
    Fort Bend County
    Class X
  • Catherine Lamboley
    Retired-General Counsel
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XVI
  • Oliver Burbridge
    Project Manager
    Communities In Schools
    Class XXXIX
  • Stephen Fraga
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Leah Barton
    VP and General Manager, Home Protection
    Direct Energy, Centrica plc
    Class XXXVII
  • Ericka Brown
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Starla Reichek
    Assistant to the President, HFT
    Houston ISD
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Alfred Bennett
    United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
    Class XXXIII
  • Maria Korn
    Director, Talent Management and Acquisition
    TPC Group
    Class XXXIV
  • Joe Garcia
    Retired - Information Technology
    American National Insurance Co.
    Class XII
  • Christopher Greeley
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Texas Children's Hospital & Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XLIII
  • Kelley Lang
    Retired - VP-HR Unconventional
    Class XXXIV
  • Bruce Leslie
    Retired - Chancellor Emeritus
    The Alamo Colleges
    Class XXII
  • Mary desVignes-Kendrick
    Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
    Class XI
  • Lillie Fontenot
    Development Consultant
    Accent Management/Chesterfield Engineering
    Class V
  • Margaret Shannon
    Retired-General Counsel BJ Services Company
    Board of Directors, Quanta Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Jew Don Boney
    Associate Director, Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace
    Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Sylvia Kerrigan
    Former Executive Vice President, Current member of Board of Directors
    Team Industrial Services, Nine Point Energy, Alta Mesa Resources
    Class XXV
  • Carra Moroni

    Community Development Class 2
  • Lisa Mayes
    Consultant for Public Policy & Government Relations/Public Affairs Exec./Heatlhcare Strategist
    Community Development Class 2
  • Jacqueline Autman
    Executive Director/President
    CROSSROADS:Community Partnership for Youth, Inc.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Rick Lowe
    Project Row Houses
    Class XVI
  • Jack Doherty
    President & CEO
    The Doherty Group, LLC
    Class XVI
  • Frederick Baldwin
    Founder - Chairman
    FotoFest International
    Class XI
  • Richard Hite
    Norton Ditto
    Class I
  • Nomaan Husain
    Chair of the Litigation Group, Owner/President
    Husian Law & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXVIII

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