Chris Block

Chris is CEO of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Silicon Valley, a network of 500+ regional leaders committed to serving the common good in Silicon Valley. Through its Fellows program, ALF brings together established leaders to explore the process of collaborative leadership, which can strengthen their capacity to address difficult issues. Graduates of the program—Senior Fellows—develop a common understanding of, dedication to and capacity for acting as networked servant leaders. Chris was himself a Fellow and has deep feelings regarding the power of these fellowships: “My experience as a Fellow strengthened my understanding of how individuals in deep relationships can empower communities to solve their own problems, a framework that I apply every day in my work with community leaders.” Prior to ALF, Chris spent 25 years as an affordable-housing developer and nonprofit executive director. He is also a writer, teacher and systems leader. Chris is a longtime Zen practitioner and mindfulness teacher who has taught in settings ranging from corporate training to addiction-recovery programs. He is also a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow.