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Thank you to Former Mayor Bill White, Pastor Mia Wright, Ken Janda and Vern Swisher for leading our dialogue on responding to changes in the social contract caused by shifts in the workforce.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
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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
  • James Tamayo
    Diocese of Laredo
    Class XIV
  • Michael Chou
    Quadrant Consultants, Inc.
    Class III
  • Dorothy Gibbons
    CEO and Co-Founder
    The Rose
    Class XXIX
  • Mark Kent Ellis

    Criminal Justice 2
  • Aijaz Khowaja
    Palms Recovery Corp.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Graciela Saenz
    Attorney At Law
    Law Offices of Graciela Saenz
    Class XIII
  • Henderson Smith
    Holistic Worksite Wellness and Behavior Change Consultant, IIQTC Senior Trainer, NQA & IIQTC Certified Professional Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher
    Living Well Therapies
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Suzan Deison
    Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
    Class XXXV
  • Sharon Koziol
    Chief Development Officer
    Mental Health America of Greater Houston
    Class XXX
  • Jesus Rubio
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • Lan Bentsen
    Shape Up Houston
    Class III
  • Cecil Fong
    OCA Greater Houston Chapter
    Class XXVI
  • Abel Davila

    Class XXI
  • Nancy Sullivan
    Class XX
  • Candelario Cervantez
    National Senior Managing Director, Latinx Alliances
    Teach For America
    Class XLV
  • Michele Hedges
    Senior Counsel
    Omega Protein, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Alvia Wardlaw
    University Museum -Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Rayanne Darensbourg
    Chief Operating Officer
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Community Development Class 1
  • Roland Garcia
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Sylvia Brooks
    Houston Area Urban League Inc.
    Class X
  • T.J. Martinez
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Alesia Shealey
    Sr. VP Sales and Operations
    Executive Personnel Services, Inc. (EPSI)
    Community Development Class 1
  • Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge
    315th District Court
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Sherry Merfish
    Consultant and Social Activist
    Class XVI
  • Jo Ann Delgado
    Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
    Harris County
    Class XXVI
  • Antionette Montgomery
    Chief Administrator of Early/Head Start Programs
    Class XLIII
  • Meredith Wedin
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 3
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Beth Quill
    Quill Consulting LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Vivian Dawkins
    Associate Professor of Nursing, Adjunct
    Prairie View A&M University
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Thomas Stauffer
    Managing Partner
    Global Consultation, LLC, Twelve5 Oenology
    Class II
  • Catherine Brock
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXI
  • Leslie Wang
    Senior Advisor
    Honu Advisors, LLC
    Class XXXIX
  • Brian Reed
    Vice Chair / Assoc Prof. Community Health Programs
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Kathryn McNiel
    Theater District
    Class XXXII
  • Spyros Catechis
    Founder and CEO
    Southwest Schools, Young Learners School, The Bridge School, and Houston Educational Consultants
    Class XXVI
  • Richard Celli

    Class XIX
  • Lisa Slinkard
    Assistant Principal
    Terrace Elementary
    Education Class 4
  • Diana Pino
    President and CEO
    Capstone HigherEd Services
    Class XXXII
  • Pamela Potter
    Director Practice Operations
    Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Marilyn DeMontrond
    Community Volunteer
    Harris County Protective Services, Child Welfare League of America
    Class XXVIII
  • Jerome Martin
    VP/General Manager
    KPRC-Channel 2
    Class XXXIV
  • John Farrell
    Midvale Enterprises and Farrell Executive Coaching and Consulting
    Class XXX
  • James Michael Anderson
    Harris County District Attorney
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Georgia McCoy
    Retired Civil Engineer
    Class IX
  • Kristopher Ahn
    Past Chairman, Attorney at Law
    Korean Community Center/Houston Korean School
    Class XXXVIII

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