FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Adam Hsu

Director of Programs

Phone: 213-269-4639

Email: adam@causeusa.org

CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class of 2018

Pasadena, CA – June 22, 2018 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2018 Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference and Reception on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum (474 S Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105), from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Through this program, CAUSE will welcome and introduce the 2018 Leadership Academy Cohort. Program participants will share their stories and passion in serving the community. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of the 66th California Assembly District will serve as the keynote speaker for the program.

Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy develops a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The program prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process through learning the importance of civic engagement and political participation. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and have become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

This year, CAUSE received a record number of applications from elite students across the nation. Participants went through a rigorous and comprehensive reviewing process. Decisions are made based on academic and personal excellence, as well as demonstrated leadership capabilities in extracurricular activities.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through constituent services, community organizing, community relations, and legislative research.

The Class of 2018 Leadership Academy Cohort includes:

 

  • Andy A. Bui, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • Benjamin Tran, University of California, Irvine | Intern at the Office of State Treasurer John Chiang
  • Christine Tran, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at API Forward Movement
  • Hesu Song, Johns hopkins University | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Jimmy Gomez
  • Jae Jin Lee, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Judy Chu
  • Jenny Feng, University of California Berkeley | Intern at Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Jocelyn Chi, Santa Clara University | Intern at the Office of Senator Ed Hernandez
  • Jordan Agricula, Wesleyan University | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Grace Napolitano
  • Katherine Hsu, University of Pennsylvania | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Leann Pham, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at Nakatomi & Associates
  • Pranett Chhunpen, California State University, Dominguez Hills | Intern at Imprenta Communications Group
  • Yumei Lin, Tufts University | Intern at the Office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

 

This program is open to the public. Elected officials, community leaders, press members, family, and friends are welcome to join. Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 20 at CLAKickoff.eventbrite.com.

Street parking and parking at local lots are available at varying rates. Public transit is encouraged.



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 empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (213) 269-4639 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 1605 W Olympic Boulevard, Suite 1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.