CAUSE Leadership Institute powered by East West Bank
 

The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI), is a six-month fellowship program that develops visionary leaders who can 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 pathways. Fellows emerge from the program prepared to support, advocate, and serve as leaders of the APA community. Every CLI session is rooted in a comprehensive curriculum that ensures fellows receive 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 a renewed respect for the complex intricacies of our civic landscape, as well as fresh perspectives and vision on how to effectively navigate that landscape. CLI Fellows will be equipped to be the leading changemakers on behalf of the APA community.

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 2020 to June 2020. Sessions occur in and around the Greater Los Angeles community.

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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 with a $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 the essential modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include systems-level analysis, messaging and communications, and cultivating individualized authentic leadership styles. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership throughout the rest of their career and leadership journey.

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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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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 Fellows are also invited to exclusive networking, political, and community events.


FELLOW PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance ability to articulate how personal experiences, skills, and values make fellows uniquely qualified to advocate for the APA community

  • Develop an understanding of the challenges that face the APA community across a variety of issues

  • Cultivate the capability to address and solve community issues at both individual and systemic levels

  • Connections to a large and thriving network 

  • Establish a clear vision for personal civic impact and a roadmap for getting there 


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  Assistant Program Analyst LA County Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

Carolyn Chu

Assistant Program Analyst
LA County Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

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  Former Office Manager Young Kim for Congress

Eunice Kang

Former 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 Plum Lending

Jingjing Cheng

Senior Director
Plum Lending

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

Leadership Institute Session #1 &
Welcome Reception

Leadership Institute Session #2

Leadership Institute Session #3

Leadership Institute Session #4

Leadership Institute Session #5

Leadership Institute Session #6 & Graduation

Date

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 11:59PM PST

Saturday, January 11, 2020 &
Sunday, January 12, 2020 (two-day session)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020


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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