Los Angeles, CA – On September 8th, 2017, the CAUSE Veterans Initiative had its first civic leadership session at the Go for Broke National Education Center.
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Los Angeles, CA – On August 25th, 2017, CAUSE hosted the 2017 Veterans Initiative Kickoff at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.
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On August 18th, 2017, CAUSE hosted the 2017 Leadership Academy Graduation at the Crawford Family Forum.
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On August 17th, 2017, CAUSE hosted the 2017 Alumni Reception at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center.
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our mission

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter outreach, education, and training as well as leadership development.

Founded in 1993, CAUSE is comprised of committed professional, business, community and political leaders, and has established itself as a unique nonpartisan APA organization dedicated solely to APA civic and political participation. Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, CAUSE’s influence reaches throughout Southern California.


We want our community to vote.

By making sure the community has a reliable means to register to vote in culturally relevant ways, we elevate the voices and needs of our community.


We want our community to participate.

We’re making sure that our community is informed and educated about the matters and issues affecting them.


We want our community to lead.

We’re developing the next generation of political and civic leaders. CAUSE’s work ensures young people have the tools they need to lead our democracy for generations to come.

The Leadership Pipeline


We cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.

Our leadership development programs ensure we have leaders for the APA community by offering opportunities for them to develop the connections, skills, and knowledge to support their rise to the top of the civic and political arena.


"We have to have a nation of educated youth who are given their opportunity and their promise. And that’s the work and the embodiment of the work CAUSE does."

The Honorable John Chiang
California State Treasurer
"[CAUSE] has helped scores of young people to see that they could have a future in public office."

The Honorable Judy Chu
United States House of Representatives, 27th Congressional District
"You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last. And that's at its core what this organization is about."

The Honorable Kamala Harris
United States Senator (CA)

Did you know?

There are 3,700,000 eligible Asian Pacific American (APA) voters in California. That’s 14.86% of the state’s electorate! However, only 1.8 million APA Californians are actually registered to vote. 


There are 228 elected officials of Asian Pacific American descent across the state of California.