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Diversity of Thought: Building Together--2018 Annual Report

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
  • Ann Stiles
    President & CEO
    Project GRAD Houston
    Education Class 2
  • Joseph Allen
    Class VII
  • Sara Youngdahl
    Owner and Managing Partner
    Youngdahl Law Firm, P.C.
    Class XLIV
  • Hannah Chow
    Lawyer, Former Judge
    Class II
  • Alfred Leal
    Retired - Attorney at Law
    Leal & Associates
    Class XII
  • Henry Gonzales
    Executive Director/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Davna Brook
    Class X
  • George DeMontrond
    DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Elizabeth Ghrist
    Liz Ghrist & Associates, Inc.
    Class V
  • Leslie Blanton
    Community Volunteer
    Class XV
  • Lenox Reed
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Class VIII
  • Virginia Parras
    President and CEO
    Parras Grande & Associates, LLC
    Class XLVII
  • Nicole Lievsay
    Senior Director
    The Harris Center
    Class XXXVI
  • Stuart Saunders
    Managing Partner
    Mission-Heights Enterprises, Ltd.
    Class XXVIII
  • Ursula Hall
    Judge, 165th Civil District Court
    Harris County
    Class XLI
  • William Reed
    Technology for All
    Class XXVIII
  • James Webb
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Goodman Corporation
    Class XLII
  • Umit Pecen
    US Financial
    Class XLV
  • Rick Lowe
    Project Row Houses
    Class XVI
  • Milton Carroll
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class IV
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • Ernesto Lopez
    Vice President, Counseling and Special Populations
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XLIV
  • Joe Allen
    Managing Partner
    Allen Boone Humphries LLP
    Class XV
  • Anthony Tam Pham
    Catholic Priest/Physician
    Espiritus Spine & Pain
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Carolyn Nichol
    Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement, Education Director NSF NanoEngineering Center
    Rice University
    Education Class 4
  • Ryan Walsh
    Executive Director
    Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation - NRG Park
    Class XLIX
  • George Beatty
    President - The Greater Houston Partnership COC
    Class XVII
  • Joe Garcia
    Retired - Information Technology
    American National Insurance Co.
    Class XII
  • Leonard Kincaid
    Executive Director
    Houston Center for Sobriety
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Monte Large
    Urban Deal
    Community Development Class 2
  • Alfred Bennett
    United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
    Class XXXIII
  • George Hanks
    United States District Judge
    US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    Class XXIV
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Bill Harris
    Alabama State University
    Class X
  • Darryl King
    The Principle Partnering Group, LLC
    Class XIV
  • Yolanda Navarro
    Owner-Consultant- YBN Consulting Strategies
    Class XII
  • Cecil Fong
    OCA Greater Houston Chapter
    Class XXVI
  • Wilhelmina Robertson
    Cockspur, Inc./Westview Development
    Class XVII
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Sherry Weesner
    SMW Principle Solutions
    Community Development Class 1
  • Saul Valentin
    Founding Principal
    Class XLIX
  • Judith Finkel
    Past Chair
    Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region
    Class XXXV
  • Karen Niemeier
    Executive Director, Research Administration
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Community Development Class 1
  • Berenice Yu
    Director of Asset Building Programs
    Avenue CDC
    Class XXXVIII
  • Carl Josehart
    Chief Operating Officer
    Jewish Family Service
    Class XXXVI
  • Paul Ferguson

    Class XIII
  • Sanjay Ramabhadran (Ram)
    Managing Partner
    VERSA Group LLC
    Class XXXI
  • Elizabeth Griffin
    Class II

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