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American Leadership Forum

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
  • Joni Vollman
    Bureau Chief
    Texas Attorney General's Office
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Sharla Marshall

    Class VIII
  • Derrick Mitchell
    Partner
    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
    Class XXXIV
  • Jerome Martin
    VP/General Manager
    KPRC-Channel 2
    Class XXXIV
  • Angelica Adams
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Chris Vasquez
    Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
    University Health System
    Class XXII
  • Judy Bozeman
    Retired-Chairman of the Board
    Woodway Financial Advisors A Trust Company
    Class VI
  • Steve Burkett
    Executive Vice President
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Class XXIV
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    President
    Employment & Training Centers, Inc.
    Class XXVII
  • Tiffany Thomas
    Trustee
    Alief Independent School District
    Class XLIV
  • Ranvir Mohindra
    President, CEO
    HMVS Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Olivia McGill
    Assistant Deputy Director- Health Services
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Marilu Garza
    Chief Development Officer
    The Center for Pursuit
    Class XLI
  • Ronald Lewis
    Partner
    Marshall & Lewis LLP
    Class XXV
  • Kenneth Goeddeke
    Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Education Class 3
  • Victoria Bryant
    President
    Ambassadors Caregivers
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Joi Beasley
    President/CEO
    GOGO Business Communications
    Class XXXIII
  • Yolanda Smith
    Executive Director
    NAACP
    Class XLII
  • Manson Johnson
    Shepherd - Teacher
    Holman Street Baptist Church
    Class XI
  • Ed Allday

    Class V
  • J. Bridgwater
    President, Houston Market
    Comerica Bank
    Class XIX
  • Robert Ochoa
    Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery
    Houston Methodist Surgical Associates
    Class XLVI
  • Elizabeth Wareing
    Community Volunteer
    Class IX
  • Ghulam Bombaywala

    Five Star Merchant Services
    Class XX
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Susan Young
    Retired-President
    South Main Alliance
    Class XVII
  • John Brittain
    Professor of Law
    UDC School of Law
    Class XIX
  • Alan Dettlaff
    Dean & Professor
    University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
    Class XLI
  • William Kroger
    Partner
    Baker Botts, LLP
    Class XX
  • Patrick Kiley
    President
    Kiley Advisors LLC
    Class XIV
  • Victor Samuels
    Retired
    Victory Packaging Inc.
    Class X
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Giselle Easton
    Federal Programs Director
    AAMA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Philip Wright
    Community Relations
    Houston Housing Authority
    Class XLII
  • Christof Spieler
    Vice President
    Huitt-Zollars
    Class XXXIII
  • Larry Veselka
    Founding Partner
    Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
    Class VIII
  • Laurens Hall
    Retired- Rector
    St. John The Divine Episcopal Ch.
    Class XVI
  • Charlene Slack
    Executive Director
    Wayne Duddlesten Foundation
    Community Development Class 2
  • Michael Cordua
    Owner & Executive Chef
    Cordua Restaurants
    Class XXIII
  • Marsal Stoll
    Vice President
    Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Linda Trevino
    Stakeholder Affairs Manager/Community Outreach
    Metro
    Class XX
  • Brett Binkley
    CEO/Consulting Engineer
    Binkley and Barfield Inc. Consulting Engineers
    Class XXIV
  • Carole Pinkett
    Retired - Human Resources & Mediation Consultant
    Class VII
  • Mary Koch
    Retired
    Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board/H-GAC; TIRR Lifebridge
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health McGovern Center
    Class XXIX

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