CAUSE 25th Annual Gala

“The Time Is Now”

Our theme this year is “The Time is Now!” The Asian Pacific American community is one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, but remains severely underrepresented. As our country enters a new era of politics, it is important, now more than ever, to mobilize and empower our community, to make an impact in future elections. We want to ensure that the many voices in our communities are being heard.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:00 PM VIP Reception, General Reception, & Silent Auction

7:00 PM Dinner Program

The LA Hotel

333 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

California Ballroom


General Admission: $250 per person

Early Bird Special: 2 tickets for $450*

*Must purchase before March 5, 2017


“Inspirational Leadership Award” Honoree


The Honorable David Ryu

Los Angeles City Councilmember

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th council district which include the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown.

Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work.

As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked for a time as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures.

Ryu returned to the non-profit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.

On July 1st, 2015 Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American.

Master of Ceremonies


The Honorable Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

In 2016, Secretary Padilla oversaw the state’s historic General Election. Working with statewide partners, the Secretary helped add upwards of one million registered voters to the rolls. More than 19.4 million Californians were registered and more than 14.6 million cast ballots on Election Day – both state records.

To expand voting rights to more Californians, in 2015, the Secretary sponsored legislation to establish vote centers, expand early voting and implement same-day conditional voter registration. He also sponsored the New Motor Voter Act which will eventually register to vote every eligible California citizen who goes to a DMV office to get a driver’s license or renew one, potentially registering millions.

Secretary Padilla also launched “Honor Veterans. Vote.” This program provides Californians an opportunity to dedicate their vote in honor of a family member or friend who has served or is actively serving in the military.

Padilla’s parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California. Padilla attended local public schools and went onto graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity.

Alumni Spotlights

To celebrate 25 years of empowering the APA community, we’ll be spotlighting 25 alumni from across our Leadership Development programs!

The Honorable Henry Lo

Boardmember, Garvey School District

Political Institute Class of 2016

The Honorable Thomas Wong

President, San Gabriel Water District

Political Institute Class of 2016

Ellen Green

Legislative Director at California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Marc Berman

Leadership Academy Class of 2011


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

Pass Terminal 7. Right lane to Sepulveda Blvd. and take 105 (Norwalk Fwy) East. 3. Proceed to 110 (Pasadena Fwy) North. Exit 6th Street off-ramp. Turn left on Figueroa Street.


From Burbank, Glendale, Valencia:

Take 5 (Santa Ana Fwy) South. Transition to 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. Exit Wilshire Blvd. off-ramp to 6th Street. Turn left on Figueroa Street.


From West Side:

Take 405 (San Diego Fwy) South. Proceed to the 10 (Santa Monica Fwy) East, and transition to the 110 (Harbor Fwy) North. Exit 6th Street and turn left on Figueroa Street.


From San Bernardino, Palm Springs:

Take 10 (San Bernardino Fwy) West. Proceed to the 101 (Hollywood Fwy) North, and transition to the 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. Exit Wilshire Blvd. to 6th Street. Left on Figueroa Street.


From Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego:
Take 5 (Santa Ana Fwy) North. Proceed on to the 101 (Hollywood Fwy) North. Right lane to 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. 4. Exit Wilshire Blvd. off-ramp to 6th Street. 5. Left on Figueroa Street.


Please note that Figueroa is a one-way street.


Valet parking at the hotel is available.


Alternatively, guests may park at the World Trade Center:

350 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Sponsorship Opportunities

The CAUSE Annual Gala is our nonprofit organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and the premier APA event for those interested in politics and community. It boasts the largest attendance of APA elected officials and is a celebration of those striving to make an impact in our community. More than 100 APA federal, state, and local officials from all over California will be in attendance. Additionally, 500 guests are expected to attend this year—all of whom are dedicated to advancing the APA community’s participation in the civic and political process.