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October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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October 18 - 19, 2019
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November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
3-Part Fall Breakfast Series: Election Reform November Breakfast: Voting How can we get more...
December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Thank you to Mustafa Tameez, Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Kathryn McNiel, and Tim Schauer for joining us to kick off our 3-part series on Election Reform with a dialogue on Money and Politics.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Kiran's Houston at ALF's Reservations for Six program.

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
  • Jacqueline Baly
    President and CEO
    Class XLVIII
  • Diane McGehee
    Senior Pastor
    Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
    Class XXXIV
  • Bernice Joseph
    Chief Operating Officer
    The Rose
    Class XXXII
  • Caroline Vetterling
    Senior Partner
    Blazek & Vetterling
    Class XVIII
  • Anton Sinkewich
    Executive Director
    East Downtown Management District
    Community Development Class 1
  • Francis Coleman
    Attorney/Community Volunteer
    Class VIII
  • Kim Huseman
    Founding Member and Officer
    Houston Education Leadership Partners, LLC, dba Leadership Partners
    Education Class 3
  • Joseph Synan
    Artist and Leadership Consultant and Leadingwell Associates
    Class XIX
  • Kathleen Martinez
    Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives, BP America
    Executive Director, BP Foundation Inc.
    Class XLI
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Vivian King
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Vivian King Law Group
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Maritza Guerrero
    Community Family Centers
    Community Development Class 1
  • Nomaan Husain
    Chair of the Litigation Group, Owner/President
    Husian Law & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXVIII
  • Robert Muhammad
    Southwest Regional Minister
    The Nation of Islam
    Class XIX
  • Leslie Mays
    Mercer Consulting
    Class XXIII
  • Larry Hawkins
    Financial Advisor
    New England Financial
    Class X
  • Carrie Potter
    Owner and President
    The Carrie Potter Group, LLC
    Class XXXIV
  • Ally Frankovich
    Former - Program Manager - Forensic Psychiatric Services (HCSO)
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Melanie Gray
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Ernesto Lopez
    Vice President, Counseling and Special Populations
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XLIV
  • Bruce Coe
    Assistant Director, Development
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Gaynelle Jones
    Senior Consel-Hewlett Packard
    Class XIII
  • Stephen Trauber
    Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy
    Citi-Investment Banking
    Class XXI
  • Dale Trevino
    The Trevino Group
    Class XXII
  • John Johnson
    Johnson & Lindley LLC
    Class XI
  • Robert Ball
    Executive Vice President-Houston Private Banking Manager
    Texas Capital Bank
    Class XXIX
  • Carmen Watkins
    SW Regional Director
    Class XXI
  • Amber Rabo
    Director, Learning and Development
    Cheniere Energy
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Caprice Cosper
    Retired - Director
    Office of Criminal Justice Coordination - Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Elexa Orrange-Allen
    Leap Coaching and Speaking Consultants, LLC and First Investors Financial Services
    Class XLV
  • Michael Alvarez
    Retired - Manager-Workforce Development Initiative-Shell
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Christopher Knapp
    Collaboration Capital LLC
    Class XXVI
  • Carlos Villagrana
    Managing Director, Teaching Excellence Program
    YesPrep Public Schools
    Class XLVIII
  • Rafael Alvarez
    Founder & National Board Director
    Genesys Works
    Education Class 1
  • Priscilla Plumb
    Practice Leader
    Sorrell Management Consulting and Executive Search
    Class XXIII
  • Julie Crowe
    Director, Prevention Services
    Depelchin Children's Center
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Kenneth Huewitt
    Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
    Texas Southern University
    Class XXIX
  • Melanie Lawson
    News Anchor/Reporter
    Class VI
  • Veronica Gorczynski
    Greater East End Management District
    Class XXXV
  • Julie Waters
    Executive Director and Founder
    Free the Captives Houston
    Class XLI
  • Rolando Trevino
    Chief School Officer- East Area
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXXVI
  • Errol Allen II
    Senior Integrator
    Class XLII
  • Carl Salazar
    Executive Director
    Home Aid Houston
    Class XXXVII

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