The African American Leadership Forum is a movement of African American Leaders that understands, values, and leverages “the power of the collective.” We are united together to bring about positive social change in the greater Seattle African American community. We engage in deliberative dialogue and collective action to address the most critical issues affecting the well-being of all African American individuals and families in Greater King County.

The mission of AALF is to identify, create and promote community-based solutions to strengthen families, youth and children in the African American community of Greater Seattle. AALF convenes experienced and emerging community, organization and family leaders in creating a shared action agenda that responds to community issues.

Over 125 leaders in the Greater Seattle African American community have participated in AALF meetings or forums. Leaders across community sectors — nonprofit, grassroots, faith, political, government, business, philanthropy, education, health, arts — are involved in this work. We anticipate and welcome many more participants. Our work as a community is enhanced when we can come together as multiple voices to create a coordinated message.

Participants are engaged not only in their professional roles but also as community members who have a personal investment and responsibility in our African American community.


Goals for 2015/2016

The AALF’s goal in 2015/2016 is to establish itself as a conduit of information, data and resources; act as a convener or connector of “the community” for the purpose of knowing and sharing information. Know what is happening in the community, know what individuals and organizations are doing to advance our community, know where African Americans are living and their living conditions, and share information, share what’s happening, how to navigate systems, share resources, share to connect or create cohesiveness and unity.


How we will do this:

  • Utilize the AALFNW website, as a tool to connect community members and organizations. Create a space for community news stories, blog posts, events and common calendar in order to provide a central hub for information about community activities.
  • Outreach to African American organizations and individuals to build a network of active community advocates.
  • Build a social media presence for the AALF in order to 1) hear what is happening 2) distribute information to the community in a timely manner and 3) build coalitions.
  • Develop partnerships with the multitude of organizations working to advance the conditions of African Americans in the Puget Sound Region.