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Upcoming Events

August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
An Update from the Texas Education Agency Join A.J. Crabill, Special Advisor to the Commissioner,...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for great conversation and good food in stand-out neighborhood eateries across Houston! ...
August 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We hope you'll join us for the ever-popular Chez ALF program. All participants will meet together...
September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Thank you very much to Annise Parker for joining us for our July Second Friday Breakfast dialogue and to Cyndy Garza Roberts for moderating the program.
The inaugural Class Reunion Week was a huge success!
More Class Reunion Week fun!

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Indianola at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

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
  • Leonard Gatewood
    Retired-President and CEO
    Ashbrooke Business Consultant
    Class V
  • Jo Ann Delgado
    Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
    Harris County
    Class XXVI
  • Nellie Thorogood
    Vice Chancellor Emeritus
    Lone Star College System
    Class IX
  • David Underwood, Jr.
    Chilton Capital Management LLC
    Class XXX
  • Melissa Paschal
    Independent Healthcare Consultant
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Aijaz Khowaja
    Palms Recovery Corp.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Carol Alvarado
    State Representative
    District 145, State of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Candelario Cervantez
    National Senior Managing Director, Latinx Alliances
    Teach For America
    Class XLV
  • Rosie McStay
    Assistant VP, Government & Community Benefits
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Ellen DeSanctis
    Vice President Investor Relations and Communications
    Class XXIV
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Peter Beard
    Sr. VP, Regional Workforce Development
    Greater Houston Partnership
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Allison Winnike
    President & CEO
    The Immunization Partnership
    Class XLVI
  • Lynn Brown
    Class XXVI
  • Rebecca Reyna
    Executive Director
    Greater Northside Management District
    Community Development Class 2
  • Martha Macris
    President and CEO
    Memorial Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXIX
  • Jerome Martin
    VP/General Manager
    KPRC-Channel 2
    Class XXXIV
  • Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge
    315th District Court
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Cindy Garcia
    The Law Office of Cindy Garcia
    Class XI
  • Ghulam Bombaywala

    Five Star Merchant Services
    Class XX
  • Rene Solis
    Senior Vice President
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Charlene Tsang-Kao
    Assistant General Counsel -Litigation & Labor/Employment
    Marathon Oil Company
    Class XLV
  • Sue Page
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Carlos Escobar
    Executive Director /CEO
    VA Caribbean Health System, Dept. Of Veterans Affairs
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Daniel Stoecker
    The Alliance
    Class XLVIII
  • Pamela Sailors
    Southwest Schools
    Education Class 1
  • Jennifer Holmes
    Director Corporate College- Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
    Houston Community College
    Class XXVIII
  • Ruth Goldberg
    Author/Independent Consultant
    Artik Corporation
    Class XXXVIII
  • Dave Watson
    Retired - Scientist Nat'l Space Biomed Research Inst.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Laurie Bricker
    Consulting & Strategies
    Class XVI
  • Edward Bernacki
    Executive Director
    UT Health-Austin's WorkLife Health Solutions
    Class III
  • Sang Cho
    Manager of Finance
    Keane Group Inc.
    Class XLVII
  • John Boerstler
    Combined Arms
    Class XLIX
  • Michael Williams
    Senior Pastor/Founder
    The Genesis Church
    Class XVII
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Eric Goodie
    Director of Asset Acquisition & Management
    Houston Area Urban League
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Jon Iszard
    Senior Healthcare Advisor
    Gelb Consulting, An Endeavor Management Company
    Medical Community Class 2
  • S. Shawn Stephens
    Retired- Partner, Appellate Law Specialist
    King and Spalding LLP
    Class XXIII
  • Harriet Wasserstrum
    Retired President
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XXI
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Daisy Morales
    VP Community Affairs
    Community Health Choice
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Joi Beasley
    GOGO Business Communications
    Class XXXIII
  • Marilu Garza
    Chief Development Officer
    The Center for Pursuit
    Class XLI
  • Robert Gee
    Gee Strategies Group, LLC
    Class IX
  • Tracy Baskin
    Associate Pastor
    Freedom Center Church
    Class XXV
  • Jacob Monty
    Managing Partner
    Monty & Ramirez LLP
    Class XXXI
  • Laurie Vignaud
    Director, Single Family and Economic Development Divisions
    City of Houston, Housing & Community Development Department
    Class XLI
  • Keri Curtis Schmidt
    President & CEO
    Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
    Class XLV

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