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.



Charlie Woo


Vice Chair

Wen Hong

PAC-RIM Advisory, LLC

Legal Counsel

Kenneth K. Lee

Jenner & Block LLP


Ben Wong

Industry Manufacturers Council


James Hsu

Squire Patton Boggs

Board of Directors

Gary H. Arakawa

Covington Capital Management

Edward Chen
Veulion Group

Sandra Chen Lau
Huntington Hospital

Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Jihee Huh

Pacific American Fish Company, Inc.

Victor King

California State University of Los Angeles

Adam Ma


Nita Song

IW Group, Inc.

Anh Tran

Marley Coffee

Tammy Tran

Southern California Edison

Ron Wong

Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap


Kenny Yee

Imuarock Ventures


  • Kim May Yamasaki
    Kim May Yamasaki Executive Director
  • Lindsey Hiroko Horowitz
    Lindsey Hiroko Horowitz Director of Programs
  • Haidee Pan
    Haidee Pan Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Joshua Alegado
    Joshua Alegado Programs Coordinator
  • Zenni Duong
    Zenni Duong Administrative Assistant


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.