The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI), is a six-month fellowship program for high-potential working professionals that develops leaders to effectively advocate for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

Through CLI, fellows are empowered with the knowledge, access, and network to embark on their own civic leadership paths. Fellows emerge from the program prepared to support advocate and serve as leaders of the APA community. Every CLI session addresses each aspect of the curriculum to ensure continuous exposure to the qualities that make a CAUSE leader.

CLI Fellows graduate the program with dedication to lead change in their industry and build cross-sector connections for positive change. They will have new perspectives, respect for the complicated nature of our civic landscape, and renewed vigor to lead that change themselves.

The program was co-founded by CAUSE and USC Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.

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6 Months

Fellows must be able to commit to attending all mandatory full-day training sessions  from January 2019 to June 2019. Sessions occur in and around Monterey Park, CA and Downtown Los Angeles.

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Fellowship Experience

Additional readings and assignments may be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.

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PROGRAM FEE

Each fellow is required to pay a $400 program fee ($200 upfront, $200 before graduation), $100 security deposit. Dues will go towards funding session facilities, resources, and meals.


Program Components

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Policy Overviews

Participants will meet with political thought leaders for candid discussions on the current state of various policy issues. These intimate, off-the-record conversations provide exclusive insight into the latest policy developments. Policy issue focuses vary by year and have included: K-12 education, healthcare, energy and the environment, workforce development, transportation, and housing.

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Civic Leadership Skill Development

CLI participants meet with experts to develop essential modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include public speaking, messaging, and cultivating individualized authentic leadership styles. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership after the program’s end.

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Leadership Roundtables

CAUSE’s network gives CLI Fellows exclusive access to the movers and shakers in California. Each speaker shares their personal experiences and leadership journeys. Speakers share their own best practices on public service and civic leadership and provide deeper perspective into what it takes to lead our community. Past speakers have included The Hon. Ed Chau, The Hon. John Chiang, Rusty Hicks, Gary Toebben, and The Hon. Betty Yee.

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Group Fundraising Project

Fellows develop greater fundraising skills that will in turn help raise funds for the CAUSE Leadership Institute. Almost every person, group, team, and business has had to fundraise at some point in their life. Fundraising can benefit the community by helping a group organize and come together towards a common goal. CLI is offered at a subsidized rate and we rely on fundraising methods like this to continue providing this program at this rate to our community. 

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Connections & Community

The CAUSE family is a network united around a shared desire to advance the APA community. Each CLI cohort is encouraged to connect with each other, the speakers, and the larger community. CLI participants are also invited to exclusive networking, political, and community events (as space allows).


2019 Fellows

Our program is highly selective and each member of our cohort is selected based on their leadership abilities, public service, and community involvement. All of our program fellows are identified and nominated by leading elected officials, select nonprofit partner organizations, or a CAUSE Board Member.

Augustine Han   Field Representative California State Senator Janet Nguyen

Augustine Han

Field Representative
California State Senator Janet Nguyen

Bianca Nepales   Director, Impact in Schools Teach for America

Bianca Nepales

Director, Impact in Schools
Teach for America

Carmen Chang   Former Field Director, CA-25 California Democratic Party

Carmen Chang

Former Field Director, CA-25
California Democratic Party

Carmille Lim   Consultant: Global Programs & Operations Muppies: Muslim Urban Professionals

Carmille Lim

Consultant: Global Programs & Operations
Muppies: Muslim Urban Professionals

 
Carolyn Chu   Programs Associate Equality California

Carolyn Chu

Programs Associate
Equality California

Christopher Teng Balmaseda   Vice President Taiwanese American Professionals-Los Angeles Chapter (TAP-LA)  Co-Founder & CFO Arclyte Technologies, Inc.

Christopher Teng Balmaseda

Vice President
Taiwanese American Professionals-Los Angeles Chapter (TAP-LA)

Co-Founder & CFO
Arclyte Technologies, Inc.

Cindy Wu   School Board Member Mountain View School District

Cindy Wu

School Board Member
Mountain View School District

Clint Weirick   Principal Consultant Clint Weirick Consulting

Clint Weirick

Principal Consultant
Clint Weirick Consulting

 
Denise Luu   Communications Specialist, Public Affairs Southern California Edison

Denise Luu

Communications Specialist, Public Affairs
Southern California Edison

Derek Oye   Chair, Board of Directors Taiko Community Alliance

Derek Oye

Chair, Board of Directors
Taiko Community Alliance

Eileen Ung   Public Finance Analyst Los Angeles Chapter President, MUFG

Eileen Ung

Public Finance Analyst
Los Angeles Chapter President, MUFG

Eunice Kang   Office Manager Young Kim for Congress

Eunice Kang

Office Manager
Young Kim for Congress

 
Hoang Nguyen   AAPI Liaison, Field Deputy Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Hoang Nguyen

AAPI Liaison, Field Deputy
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Jasmeet Bains   Commissioner California Healthcare Policy Commission

Jasmeet Bains

Commissioner
California Healthcare Policy Commission

Jason Galisatus   Community Relations Associate Stanford University Office of Government & Community Relations

Jason Galisatus

Community Relations Associate
Stanford University Office of Government & Community Relations

Jeffrey Lee   Senior Analyst / Planning Commissioner (Vice Chair) Southern California Edison

Jeffrey Lee

Senior Analyst / Planning Commissioner (Vice Chair)
Southern California Edison

 
Jingjing Cheng   Senior Director Colliers International

Jingjing Cheng

Senior Director
Colliers International

JunHee Doh   Policy & Research Analyst Advancement Project California

JunHee Doh

Policy & Research Analyst
Advancement Project California

Kenneth Ahn   Caseworker Office of Congressmember Karen Bass

Kenneth Ahn

Caseworker
Office of Congressmember Karen Bass

Kyle Lee   Community Coordinator Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles

Kyle Lee

Community Coordinator
Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles

 
Melody Zhang   Senior Accountant East West Bank

Melody Zhang

Senior Accountant
East West Bank

Meredith Maimoni   Community Relations Manager Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Meredith Maimoni

Community Relations Manager
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Stephanie Cherng   Project Manager ll SoCalGas

Stephanie Cherng

Project Manager ll
SoCalGas

Steven Chow   Vice President OCA-GLA

Steven Chow

Vice President
OCA-GLA

 
 
Taylor Quan   Staff Assistant Office of Senator Ling Ling Chang

Taylor Quan

Staff Assistant
Office of Senator Ling Ling Chang

Xeres Villanueva   Project Director WE Empowerment Center

Xeres Villanueva

Project Director
WE Empowerment Center

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Event

Application Opens

Application Closes

Nominations Due

Leadership Institute Session #1

Leadership Institute Session #2

Leadership Institute Session #3

Leadership Institute Session #4

Leadership Institute Session #5

Leadership Institute Session #6

Date

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59PM PST

Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59PM PST

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019


What Alumni Say

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“I feel empowered to impact change…thanks to the lessons of the leaders we worked with in this program.”
— Claire Kitayama, Director, Operations and Business Intelligence at United Way of Los Angeles, Political Institute 2017

The Experience


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