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Thank you to Former Mayor Bill White, Pastor Mia Wright, Ken Janda and Vern Swisher for leading our dialogue on responding to changes in the social contract caused by shifts in the workforce.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
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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
  • Jose Monterrosa
    Imagina Communications
    Class XLIV
  • Richard Hite
    Norton Ditto
    Class I
  • Stephan Fairfield
    Covenant Community Capital Corporation
    Community Development Class 1
  • Kofi Burney
    Deputy Chief Information Officer
    Class XXXII
  • Donald Titcombe
    Senior Program Officer
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Gerald Merfish
    Merfish Pipe & Supply
    Class XIX
  • Michael Schneider
    Judge-315th District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Penny Butler
    Community Volunteer
    Class III
  • Terry Bell
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XXV
  • Lisa Rowland
    Regional Sales Leader
    Paychex, Inc.
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Charles Cook
    Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs
    Austin Community College
    Education Class 1
  • Kathy Flanagan-Payton
    Fifth Ward CRC
    Community Development Class 1
  • Charles Savage
    Executive Director
    The Urban Enrichment Institute
    Community Development Class 1
  • Karen H. Love
    SVP Strategic Planning and Partnerships
    Community Health Choice, Inc.
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Stephen Trauber
    Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy
    Citi-Investment Banking
    Class XXI
  • Sylvia Louie
    Retired - Dept. of Religious Studies
    Rice University
    Class XXI
  • Sue Page
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Judy Harris
    Chief of Staff
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Marlon Smith
    Sr. Manager, Policy & Engagement
    Class XLIII
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Kenneth Guidry
    PKF Texas, P.C.
    Class XXXVII
  • Karen Niemeier
    Executive Director, Research Administration
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Community Development Class 1
  • Judy Wallis
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 4
  • Paul Castro
    Director of School Performance
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 2
  • Ann Best Scott
    Chief Development Officer-HISD and Exec. Dir.
    HISD Foundation
    Class XLII
  • Emily Untermeyer
    Chief of Operations InterAmerica Pacific region
    Peace Corps
    Class XXVII
  • Daniel Perales
    Assistant Chief of Police - Professional Standards Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XXV
  • Ronald Kapche
    TEI Staffing-President
    Class XI
  • Richard Shaw
    Retired - Secretary-Treasurer
    Harris County AFL-CIO Council
    Class XIV
  • Betsy Schwartz
    VP of Public Education & Strategic Initiatives
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Class XIII
  • Marc Melcher
    Vice President
    Merrill Lynch
    Class XXXI
  • Jennifer Gigliotti
    Senior Associate Dean for Education and Academic Initiatives
    Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Carl Salazar
    Executive Director
    Home Aid Houston
    Class XXXVII
  • Susan Ruppert
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Pauline Higgins
    Attorney & Mediator
    Pauline E. Higgins & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXV
  • Mark Praigg
    Interim Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center, Operated by Houston Community College
    Community Development Class 2
  • Lemel Jones
    I Am A Legacy Builder
    Class XXXVII
  • John Kajander
    Strategic Consultant- Life Sciences
    HoustonFirst Corporation
    Class XXXV
  • David Lopez
    Former - President & CEO
    Harris Health System
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Chi-mei Lin
    CEO/Executive Director
    Chinese Community Center
    Class XXXV
  • George DeMontrond
    DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Christopher Knapp
    Collaboration Capital LLC
    Class XXVI
  • Melissa Noriega
    VP Policy & Partnerships
    Class XXV
  • Candance (CJ) Broussard-White
    CPS Regional Director/Attorney
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Wilhelmina Robertson
    Cockspur, Inc./Westview Development
    Class XVII

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