(June 13, 2022) – Thanks to the generosity of Joan and Stanford Alexander, the Federation was able to launch Houston’s Jewish Community Security Program and hire our first Community Security Director.
We are pleased to announce that Alfred “Al” Tribble, Jr. agreed to join our Federation team in this position. Al will officially begin on June 27.
Our partner in this work is the Secure Community Network (SCN). Established in 2004 under the auspices of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, SCN is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.
Because the Houston Federation’s security program is powered by SCN, we will also have access to SCN’s national security advisors, intelligence analysts, and other professionals, in addition to benefiting from SCN’s National Jewish Security Operations Command Center in Chicago. Al will be employed by SCN, and report to both SCN Regional Director David Humble in Phoenix and Houston Federation CEO Renée Wizig-Barrios.
Al brings a wealth of experience to the position of Community Security Director, following more than 27 years of service as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His work often focused on civil rights, human trafficking, and white-collar crime investigations. He is a subject matter expert in color of law violations and hate crimes. Having served as an FBI Training Division Adjunct Faculty member, Al has instructed hundreds of people on civil rights and human trafficking including civilians, local police, and FBI personnel.
Upon retiring from the FBI in 2018, Al began working as a training specialist with the ADL’s Education Division here in Houston. He also served as an ADL board member and is a current board member of the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Al will act as an expert security advisor, liaison, and training coordinator for the community. Under his direction, security practices will be enacted including, but not limited to:
Trainings for schools, synagogues, and other Jewish institutions
Security consultations and threat assessments of our Jewish institutions
On-hand community liaison with law enforcement for emergency events that may occur
Once Al begins, he will participate in several weeks of onboarding activities to familiarize himself with SCN and Federation practices. He will then meet with leaders from our community organizations. Community town halls for information and discussion will also be scheduled.
We are working in partnership with our local schools, synagogues, and other Jewish institutions. We have communicated this announcement to them and sent a survey to collect more information on their needs. We will work hand-in-hand with them as these efforts are implemented.
“I am honored to take on this role with the Federation to support the safety and security of the Houston Jewish community,” shared Al. “Making comprehensive security a priority is a significant step that will positively affect Jewish life in Houston going forward.”
We will keep you informed about this work. This comprehensive security approach is necessary to keep our Jewish institutions and community members safe. If you have questions about this effort, please reach out to CEO Renée Wizig-Barrios at firstname.lastname@example.org.