About the Authors

Sharon Babcock

Sharon uses experience from PBS, telecommunications, and higher education in creating innovative partnerships among people in non-profits, industry, government, education, and the media. Sharon is a writer and formerly was executive director of the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County.

Chris Block

Chris is the son of Allen and Marion Block and was born in Los Gatos, California in 1961. He has been involved with ALF-Silicon Valley since he was a member of Class XVI and has been working full time with ALFSV since 2008. Prior to that, Chris spent twenty-five years as an affordable housing developer. Currently he is the ALF-Silicon Valley CEO.

Jeff Golden, principal writer and researcher

Jeff draws from thirty years in politics and public broadcasting to push for an expanded sense of human possibility in his books Forest Blood, As If We Were Grownups, and UNAFRAID: A Novel of the Possible. He created and hosts the public TV series Immense Possibilities and can be contacted for writing services at jeff@immensepossibilites.org.

Kent Snyder

Kent chairs the National Board of Trustees of the American Leadership Forum. After three decades working as a bankruptcy attorney, Kent is now a sustainability consultant and investment advisor in Portland, Oregon. His experience includes service on non-profit and for-profit boards as well as governmental commissions and committees.

Robin Teater

Robin joined the American Leadership Forum of Oregon as executive director in January 2002. Her previous experience spans nearly three decades in non-profit administration, as well as high school teaching in a small rural community in Oregon and as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa.

Anne Udall

Anne has been engaged with the American Leadership Forum for the past 14 years—as the leader of the Charlotte Region Chapter, a national board member and an Oregon senior fellow. She is an educator, facilitator, and leader in the education and non-profit arenas.