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35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to Juliet Katherine Stipeche, Class XXXI, Director of Education, City of Houston, for moderating the January Second Friday Breakfast: The Action After—We All Care So Much About Educating Kids in Poverty, So Now What Can We DO?

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For three and a half decades ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston 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 to empower 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.

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.

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
  • Carl Salazar
    Director, Veterans Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVII
  • Sabrina McTopy
    Partner
    Walker Jackson L.L.P.
    Class XXXVIII
  • Rhonda Skillern Jones
    Secretary/ District II
    HISD School Board
    Education Class 4
  • Peter Brink
    Retired-Programs
    Nat. Trust for Historic Preservation
    Class V
  • Deanea LeFlore
    Chief of Protocol
    Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Caroline Sabin
    Executive Director
    The Powell Foundation
    Class XXVII
  • Joni Vollman
    Bureau Chief
    Texas Attorney General's Office
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Cecilia Hawkins
    Former Deputy Superintendent
    Humble Independent School District
    Education Class 3
  • Harriet Wasserstrum
    Retired President
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XXI
  • Martha Montalvo
    Executive Assistant Chief
    Houston Police Department
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Angela Snow

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Mary desVignes-Kendrick
    Director
    Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
    Class XI
  • Candance Broussard-White
    CPS Regional Director
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Alice Valdez
    Founder & Executive Director
    Multicultural Education & Counseling through Arts-MECA
    Class VIII
  • H. Michael Tyson
    Retired
    JPMorgan Chase
    Class II
  • Michael Lewis
    Consultant
    Class XXXIV
  • Gregory Knight
    SVP & Chief Customer Officer
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXXI
  • Elizabeth Ghrist
    President
    Liz Ghrist & Associates, Inc.
    Class V
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Leslie Bourne
    Executive Director
    Covenant House Texas
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Susan Ruppert
    Professor
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Comcast
    Class XLII
  • Carlecia Wright
    Director - Office of Business Opportunity
    City of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Ayse McCracken
    Market President
    Texas Medical Center- Village MD
    Class XXIII
  • Tina Paez
    Director of Administrative & Regulatory Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • Peter Wareing
    Partner
    Wareing, Athon & Company
    Class IV
  • Christof Spieler
    Vice President
    Morris Architects
    Class XXXIII
  • Michael Pearson
    Senior Vice President/Not for Profit Banking
    Amegy Bank of Texas
    Class XXXVIII
  • Priscilla Plumb
    Practice Leader
    Sorrell Management Consulting and Executive Search
    Class XXIII
  • Carl Matthews
    CEO
    Lurenza Community Health Center
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Nancy Sims
    Senior Vice President
    Pierpont Communications, Inc.
    Class XXIX
  • Yolanda Smith
    Executive Director
    NAACP
    Class XLII
  • Amanda Cloud
    President & CEO
    The Simmons Foundation
    Class XLI
  • Pattie Dale Tye
    Segment VP & Humana Foundation Interim Director
    Humana
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Christina Morales
    CEO/President
    Felix H. Morales Funeral Home
    Class XLII
  • Jerrell Purvis
    Retired - Principal/NFISD
    Advisor/Houston Can Academy
    Education Class 1
  • Rebecca Udden
    Artistic Director
    Main Street Theater
    Class XVII
  • Melanie Flowers
    Attorney
    Flowers Firm, P.C.
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Jon Iszard
    Senior Healthcare Advisor
    Gelb Consulting, An Endeavor Management Company
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Susan Young
    Retired-President
    South Main Alliance
    Class XVII
  • Anna Eastman
    Trustee District 1- Secretary
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Mark Goldberg
    General Counsel Office
    Houston First Corporation
    Class XXII
  • Susanne Theis
    Programming Director
    Discovery Green
    Class XXXII
  • Susan Sclafani
    President
    Sclafani Consulting
    Class XVIII
  • Curtresha Weston
    Assistant Regional Director
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice- Parole Division
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Sharon Owens
    Retired- Vice President Corporate Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class IX
  • Reginald Adams
    CEO & Founder
    Reginald C. Adams LLC
    Class XXIV
  • Becky Seabrook

    Education Class 3

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