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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
  • Daniel Rivas
    Diversity Search Consultant
    Class XX
  • Marc Grossberg
    Of Counsel
    Thompson & Knight LLP
    Class VII
  • Kimberly House
    Division Manager
    Mayor's Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security
    Class XLV
  • Algenita Davis
    Lewis Affiliated, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Paul Castro
    Director of School Performance
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 2
  • Colleen Morimoto
    Senior Administrator
    Rice University - Office of the Provost
    Class XIII
  • Sean Fitzpatrick
    Executive Director
    The Jung Center
    Class XXXIX
  • Joseph Nixon
    Of Counsel
    Beirne, Maynard & Parson LLP
    Class XVIII
  • Andrea White
    Editorial Board
    Houston Chronicle
    Class XIV
  • Emilee Whitehurst
    President and CEO
    Houston Area Women's Center
    Class XXIX
  • Holly Birdsall
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Anthony Tam Pham
    Catholic Priest/Physician
    Espiritus Spine & Pain
    Medical Community Class 4
  • M. Helen Cavazos
    M. H. Cavazos & Associates
    Class XXXIII
  • Kathryn McNiel
    Theater District
    Class XXXII
  • Eric Coleman
    Deputy Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Class XXXVI
  • Jew Don Boney
    Associate Director, Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace
    Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Mark Lee
    Deputy General Counsel and Vice President
    AIG Life and Retirement
    Class XIX
  • Cris Daskevich
    CEO /SVP
    Children's Hospital of San Antonio / Maternal&Child Services for CHRISTUS Health
    Class XXXVI
  • Frances Isbell
    Chief Executive Director
    Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Gregory Jones
    Attorney at Law
    Law Office of Gregory N. Jones
    Class XXVIII
  • Mark Gregg
    President & CEO
    KiwiEnergy, Ltd.
    Class XLIV
  • Sabrina McTopy
    Walker Jackson L.L.P.
    Class XXXVIII
  • Janet Brown
    VP of Finance
    Space Center Houston/Manned Space Flight Education Fnd.
    Class XXXVI
  • Barbara Best
    Director of Student and Fellows Programs
    Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
    Class XXV
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Thomas Meloncon
    Truth Productions, Inc.
    Class VII
  • Gary Brock
    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
    Fondren Orthopedic Group
    Class XXVI
  • Ann Hollingsworth
    VP, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS and Shared Services
    Memorial Hermann
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Bill Boyar
    Founding Shareholder
    Class XXVIII
  • Roy Cordes
    County Attorney
    Fort Bend County
    Class X
  • Anne Olson
    Buffalo Bayou Partnership
    Class XXII
  • Lonnie Mathews
    Alliance Financial Ministries, Inc.
    Class XLIII
  • Thomas Stauffer
    Managing Partner
    Global Consultation, LLC, Twelve5 Oenology
    Class II
  • Cheryl Thompson-Draper
    Cypress Pony Land Co. & T Bar D Ventures
    Class XIX
  • John Spear
    Architect & Realtor/President
    Spear Properties, LLC/Richwood Realty Advisors, LLC.
    Class XVI
  • Robert Ball
    Executive Vice President-Houston Private Banking Manager
    Texas Capital Bank
    Class XXIX
  • Franci Crane Neely
    Community Volunteer
    Class XIX
  • Nicole Streeter
    VP, Chief Governance Officer
    Harris Health System
    Class XXXIX
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • Angela Blanchard
    President Emerita
    Class XVIII
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Jon Lindsay
    Former Texas State Senator and Harris County Judge
    Class VI
  • Mary Jo May
    Retired Executive Director
    El Centro de Corazon
    Medical Community Class 1
  • John Duman
    Premier Edu
    Class XLIII
  • Marie Goradia
    Board Member, Pratham USA and Director
    Goradia Family Office
    Class XXXVI
  • Jacquelyn Hoyer
    Retired - Senior Community Development Advisor
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
    Class XXVI
  • Gail Williford
    Retired-Minister and Life Coach
    St. Paul's UMC and University UMC, Austin
    Class IX
  • Carolyn Nichol
    Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement
    Rice University
    Education Class 4

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