Letter from Greg Ranstrom

A few weeks ago, after being diagnosed with ALS, Program Director Greg Ranstrom sent this letter to the ALF classes he had facilitated. With his permission we are sharing his letter with the ALF Network. Dear All, As many of you know by now, the doctors have...

Social Justice Then and Now

Letter from Rick Williams (Class XXXIII), CEO of The Sobrato Family Foundation, reflecting on his recent visit to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. Taken from The Sobrato Family Foundation newsletter: I began 2019 with members of the Northern California Grantmakers Board and staff in Selma and Montgomery,...

Why Are We Here?

By Shelley Swan (Class XXXI) Why are we here? This question has been at the forefront of my heart since I was in the 3rd grade. I remember the very moment I started to wonder “is today the day my teacher will tell us why we...

Be the Change

By Suzanne St. John-Crane CEO (Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV)    What a week. What a month. What a few years we’ve endured. Regardless of where you find yourself on the political spectrum, I would imagine you feel the same. As a mother of two girls – ages...

The Power of Networks

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Maha Elgenaidi (Class XVII) Founder and Executive Director of Islamic Networks Group in regards to her organization's work, ALF experience, the benefits of having a network of like-minded, supportive individuals, and the positive impact you can achieve...

Reflections from Gold Lake

  Having returned from their ALF Wilderness Experience, I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Grosser and Raul Gorospe of Class XXXV in regards to their trip. Adam Grosser serves as Group Head, Managing Director and Partner at Silver Lake Kraftwerk and Raul Gorospe is...

The Care and Feeding of Relationships

By Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV It’s at about this time of year that I begin to reflect on a special anniversary in my life. Our Fellows Program Wilderness Experience at Gold Lake happens to coincide with the anniversary of my mother’s passing...

Ideas on Leadership

By Jenny Niklaus, Chief Impact Officer Class XXIV   I am often asked: what are the most important skills that leaders should have in our world at this time? If I had to boil it down to the essence, in no way an exhaustive list, it comes down...

Being a Senior Fellow

By Suzanne St John-Crane, CEO Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV The transition – the seating of a new class, and preparation for graduation – is an exciting time at ALF. Urbanism XL, our fourth and final Urbanism Class, and Classic Class XXXIII, are graduating in April. On...