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June 17 - 23, 2019
For the first time ever, ALF will be kicking off "Class Reunion Week". Each class will be invited...
July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Personal Lessons Learned: Looking Back, Looking Ahead Join Annise Parker, Class XVII, CEO of the...
August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
An Update from TEA Join A.J. Crabill, Special Advisor to the Commissioner, Texas Education Agency,...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for great conversation and good food in stand-out neighborhood eateries across Houston! ...
October 18 - 19, 2019
Continuing the Leader’s Journey Join Fellows and Senior Fellows to reconnect with...

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The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

Thank you very much to Ann Best Scott, Dr. Chris Greeley, and Dr. Bob Sanborn who led our June Second Friday Breakfast dialogue on Growing Up in Houston.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston?s 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
  • Melissa Paschal
    Independent Healthcare Consultant
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Robert Jackson
    Senior VP Public Affairs
    Houston First
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Sandra Rodriguez
    Human Service Program Manager
    Houston Health Department
    Class XLVIII
  • Rhea Lawson
    Houston Public Library - City of Houston
    Education Class 4
  • Julie Spier
    Director of Pharmacy Operations
    Randalls/ Tom Thumb/ Albertsons
    Medical Community Class 5
  • John Johnson
    Johnson & Lindley LLC
    Class XI
  • Jane (Cummins) Borochoff
    Executive Director
    The HEART Program
    Class XXV
  • Pam Lovett
    Senior Vice President - Business Development and Community Affairs
    Comerica Bank
    Class XXII
  • Emily Crosswell
    Community Volunteer
    Class V
  • Suzanne Syme
    Class XII
  • Marie Moreno
    Las Americas Newcomer School
    Education Class 3
  • Davna Brook
    Class X
  • Rodney Watson
    Superintendent of Schools
    Spring ISD
    Class XLIII
  • Richard Shaw
    Retired - Secretary-Treasurer
    Harris County AFL-CIO Council
    Class XIV
  • Albert Myres
    A Myres and Associates
    Class XXV
  • Eureka Gilkey
    Executive Director
    Project Row Houses
    Class XLV
  • Vince Ryan
    Harris County Attorney
    Harris County, Texas
    Class IX
  • Leticia Turner
    Community Volunteer
    Class XVII
  • Ronald Kapche
    TEI Staffing-President
    Class XI
  • Roland Garcia
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Suzan Deison
    Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
    Class XXXV
  • Leticia Trauber
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXII
  • Larry Veselka
    Founding Partner
    Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
    Class VIII
  • John Sage
    Founder/Chief Executive Officer
    Bridges to Life
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Cheryl Murray
    Division Manager, Criminal Investigations Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XXVIII
  • Charlene Tsang-Kao
    Assistant General Counsel -Litigation & Labor/Employment
    Marathon Oil Company
    Class XLV
  • Marcus Malonson
    Senior Vice President
    Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Class XXIX
  • Armando Alaniz
    Class XVIII
  • Oner Celepcikay
    Board Chairman
    Harmony Public Schools
    Class XXXVII
  • Julie Farr
    Executive Director
    Houston Museum District
    Class XLI
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • Ellen Cohen
    Houston District C City Council Member
    Houston City Council
    Class VII
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Jose Monterrosa
    Imagina Communications
    Class XLIV
  • Cruz Hinojosa
    Class XXVII
  • Donald McKinney
    Assistant Chief of Police
    HPD, Criminal Investigations Command
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Claude Toland
    Director of Education
    Universal Technical Institute
    Education Class 3
  • Dwight Boykins
    Council Member District D
    City of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Cindy Garbs
    Wellness & Anti-Aging Consultant
    Universal Divine Design
    Class XV
  • Graciela Saenz
    Attorney At Law
    Law Offices of Graciela Saenz
    Class XIII
  • Julie Crowe
    Director, Prevention Services
    Depelchin Children's Center
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Richard Torres
    President and Executive Director
    CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare
    Class XVI
  • Mary Covington
    Special Programs Manager
    Harris County STAR Drug Court, Veterans' Treatment Court & Responsive Interventions for Change
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Melody Barr
    Deputy Assistant Director Public Services/Public Facilities
    City of Houston- Housing and Community Development Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Elvin Franklin
    State Farm Insurance
    Class XXII
  • Mark Praigg
    Interim Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center, Operated by Houston Community College
    Community Development Class 2
  • Grace Butler
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII

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