about us

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.

Officers

Chair

Charlie Woo

Megatoys

Vice Chair

Wen Hong

PAC-RIM Advisory, LLC

Legal Counsel

Kenneth K. Lee

Jenner & Block LLP

Secretary

Ben Wong

Industry Manufacturers Council

Treasurer

James Hsu

Squire Patton Boggs

Board of Directors

Gary H. Arakawa

Covington Capital Management

Sandra Chen Lau
USC Pacific Asia Museum

Jihee Huh

Pacific American Fish Company, Inc.

Victor King

California State University of Los Angeles

Fred Rowley

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Nita Song

IW Group, Inc.

Anh Tran

Marley Coffee

Tammy Tran

Southern California Edison

Ron Wong

Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap

TruConnect

Kenny Yee

Imuarock Partners

Staff

  • Kim May Yamasaki
    Kim May Yamasaki Executive Director
  • Lindsey Hiroko Horowitz
    Lindsey Hiroko Horowitz Director of Programs
  • Joshua Alegado
    Joshua Alegado Programs Coordinator
  • Tanya Edmilao
    Tanya Edmilao Programs Coordinator
  • Zenni Duong
    Zenni Duong Administrative Assistant

History

Founded in 1993 as Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment to promote civic and political participation in the Chinese American communities, CAUSE expanded its mission to serve the larger Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in 2003; thus, becoming Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment.