Classic Fellows Program

“The ALF journey introduced me to impressive new colleagues who share my passion for the common good, offered me new tools for mobilizing diversity into action, and gave me new possibilities for giving back to our community. My ALF fellowship offered an experience and group of people that cannot be found elsewhere. To others I say: the “gift” of being chosen for an ALF fellowship is priceless.”

Mark Bauhaus, Executive Vice President / General Manager, Service Layer Technology – Business Group, Partner at Just Business, Classic Class XX

ALF doesn’t take short-cuts. To achieve our goal of building an equitable, resilient and thriving Silicon Valley that courageously navigates the biggest challenges of our time,  we begin at the beginning – with individual leaders.

Each year, ALF’s Classic Fellows Program brings together twenty-five Silicon Valley leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives for an intense one-of-a-kind leadership development experience. During their year together, the class explores cutting-edge network principles and strategies including network relationship-building, dialogue skills for complex and controversial conversations, developing an openness to be influenced by others’ perspectives, and the ability for personal renewal.

Graduates, called Senior Fellows, form a diverse network committed to building a stronger community, using network leadership skills to identify and deal with complex regional issues, and creating opportunities to work together in ways that make a significant difference to Silicon Valley. This Senior Fellows Network provides the fertile ground to develop additional relationship-based “networks of networks” that are equipped to help Silicon Valley manage the complexities of the 21st century.

To learn more about the ALF Classic Fellows Program, click here.


ALF Senior Fellows talk about their ALF experiences including retired Cisco CEO John Morgridge (Class VIII) and former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott.


Candidates for the Classic Fellows Program are nominated by ALF Senior Fellows. To make a nomination click here.


For more information, please contact: CEO Suzanne St. John-Crane at, 408-554-2005.

ALF Fellows Program Director Greg Ranstrom

Greg provides organizational effectiveness and leadership development services to fast growth companies. In 2004, Greg became Director of ALF’s year-long Fellows program, facilitating the experience of 25-30 cross-sector executives through a 22-day exploration of leadership challenges of the 21st century. He has also served as faculty for other ALF chapters.

Greg also delivers his Culture in Action™ process to help companies thrive. In 1989, Greg co-founded Outside Insights to deliver experiential leadership workshops for companies, including Exxon Chemical, Motorola, and Nestle, among others. He began his career with Princeton University where he managed programs for underserved youth and for Princeton faculty, staff and students. Greg lives in Bend Oregon with his family.