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Growing Up in Houston- How Are Our Children Doing? An Examination of Children at Risk's 15th...
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The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

Thank you very much to Margaret Wallace Brown, Sanjay Ram, George Levan, and Rebecca Reyna, who led a dialogue on The Impact of Densification in Houston.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houstonís culinary scene at Indianola 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
  • Harry Gee
    Managing Partner
    Gee and Zhang, LP
    Class XVII
  • Vernus Swisher
    Retired - Chief Executive Officer
    Career & Recovery Resources, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Armando Perez
    Senior VP, Houston Region
    Class XXVII
  • Frank Rossi
    Our Lady of the Pines
    Class XVI
  • Max Patterson
    Retired-Executive Director
    Class XXII
  • Lan Bentsen
    Shape Up Houston
    Class III
  • Rosie Zamora
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII
  • Debra Mayfield
    Senior Counsel
    Enterprise Products Partners L.P.
    Class XLV
  • Oner Celepcikay
    Board Chairman
    Harmony Public Schools
    Class XXXVII
  • Stephan Fairfield
    Covenant Community Capital Corporation
    Community Development Class 1
  • M. Kaye DeWalt
    Assistant Superintendent and General Counsel, Designee
    Aldine ISD
    Education Class 1
  • Rhea Lawson
    Houston Public Library - City of Houston
    Education Class 4
  • Alfred Leal
    Retired - Attorney at Law
    Leal & Associates
    Class XII
  • Cindy Garcia
    The Law Office of Cindy Garcia
    Class XI
  • Jennifer Jones Santos
    J2 Strategic Solutions LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • John Odam
    General Counsel
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Class II
  • Umit Pecen
    US Financial
    Class XLV
  • Roland Garcia
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Michael Chu
    Assistant U.S. Attorney
    U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Justice
    Class XLVIII
  • Sharon Owens
    Retired- Vice President Corporate Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class IX
  • Manisha Gandhi
    Chief Development Officer
    The Alliance
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Robert Miller
    Locke Lord LLP
    Class XVI
  • George DeMontrond
    DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Catherine Brock
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXI
  • Carla Wyatt
    Programming Director, Commissioner Adrian Garcia
    Harris County Precinct 2
    Class XXXV
  • Peter Wareing
    Wareing, Athon & Company
    Class IV
  • Juan Morales
    Director of Public Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Anna Leal
    Class XXVI
  • Sheryl Victorian
    Assistant Chief, Patrol Region 2 Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XLVII
  • John Boerstler
    Combined Arms
    Class XLIX
  • Yolanda Navarro
    Owner-Consultant- YBN Consulting Strategies
    Class XII
  • Mary Ryder
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXI
  • Elizabeth Shea
    Retired - Chief Marketing & Development Officer
    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
    Class XVIII
  • Diana Quintana
    Deputy Director, Health Services Division
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Genora Boykins
    Assistant Regional General Counsel
    NRG Energy, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Samuel Golden
    Managing Director and CEO
    Alvarez & Marsal Financial Institutions Advisory
    Class XX
  • Marc Melcher
    Vice President
    Merrill Lynch
    Class XXXI
  • E.W. Bill Wright III
    First Vice President, Investments
    Raymond James & Associates
    Class I
  • Debra Stewart
    Retired-Manager, Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVI
  • Stacy Methvin
    Pioneer Natural Resources, Magellan Midstream Partners, Marquard & Bahls
    Class XXI
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Donald Titcombe
    Senior Program Officer
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Siva Kumari
    Director General
    International Baccalaureate
    Education Class 1
  • Jeff Ross
    Class XIX
  • Charlene Tsang-Kao
    Assistant General Counsel -Litigation & Labor/Employment
    Marathon Oil Company
    Class XLV
  • John Wall
    Senior Vice President
    Moody Rambin
    Class XLIV
  • Ron Pogue
    Interim Rector
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Class X
  • Carolyn Nichol
    Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement
    Rice University
    Education Class 4
  • Ken Janda
    President and CEO
    Community Health Choice
    Medical Community Class 4

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