CAUSE Hosts The 2017 Veterans Initiative Leadership Luncheon

Contact: Haidee Pan, Director of Marketing & Communications


260 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite 115, Pasadena, CA 91101



CAUSE  Hosts the 2017 Veterans Initiative Leadership Luncheon


A leadership luncheon to discuss the best practices in working on veterans’ issues and to celebrate accomplished leaders in veterans affairs will occur at City Club- Los Angeles on October 24, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Renata Simril (Keynote Speaker)
President & CEO of LA84 Foundation
Military Police Officer, US Army Veteran

The Honorable Steven Ly (Elected Remarks) 
Mayor Pro Tem of the Rosemead City Council
Second Lieutenant, US Army Reserves

Blas Villalobos (Status of Veterans)
Veterans Affairs Manager  at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Squad Leader, US Marine Corps Veteran

The 2017 CAUSE Veterans Initiative cohort:

  • Evette Kim, US Army Reserve | Specialist | Reservist

  • Richard Mai, US Marine Corps | Sergeant | Veteran

  • Audrey Oh, US Army | Sergeant | Veteran

  • Andrew Saetern, US Army Reserve | Specialist | Reservist

  • Priscilla Songsanand, US Army | Major | Veteran

  • Jayce Wolf, US Army | Specialist | Veteran

What: Veterans Leadership Luncheon to learn about best practices in working on veterans’ issues and to    celebrate some of the most accomplished leaders in veterans affairs in Los Angeles.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11:30AM – 1:30PM 
Lunch will be served.

Where: City Club Los Angeles
Hollywood Room
555 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Complimentary parking will be provided at City National Plaza at 515 S. Flower Street.

Why: This luncheon is an effort to spotlight the need for more veterans in civic leadership positions and provides attendees with a greater understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities for veterans pursuing these avenues.

Interview Opportunities:
Interviews with speakers may be conducted before the program from 11:30AM – 12:00PM. Interviews with the 2017 Veterans Initiative fellows may be conducted before the program from 11:30AM – 12:00PM and/or after the program from 1:30 – 2:00PM.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Presentation of Colors

  2. Program speakers:  Renata Simril, The Honorable Steven Ly, Blas Villalobos, Kim Yamasaki

  3. Military personnel in uniform: Veterans, reservists, and active duty service members will be attending in their appropriate uniforms.

Dress code:
Business attire is appropriate for civilians.
US Army: Army Service Uniform
US Marine Corps: Service Alpha
US Navy: Navy Dress Blues
US Air Force: Service Dress
US Coast Guard: Service Dress

About the Veterans Initiative
The CAUSE Veterans Initiative is a fellowship and civic leadership program for veterans and reservists who are seeking community leadership roles outside of the military. The Veterans Initiative program was specifically designed for veterans interested in increasing the accessibility and awareness of available veterans resources as well as learning how to effectively advocate on behalf of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans issues. In this program, participants are provided with mentors, professional development opportunities, and issue/policy briefings.

During this program, participants will not only gain insight on issues related to the veteran community and how to provide assistance, but will also be exposed to opportunities for individual professional development. Exclusive access to a network of prominent mentors and enhanced political awareness are a few notable examples.

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 outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at General information can be obtained from our website at Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.