FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lindsey Horowitz
Director of Programs
CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class of 2017
Pasadena, CA – June 23, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2017 Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference and Reception on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017), from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Through this program, CAUSE will welcome and introduce the 2017 Leadership Academy Cohort. Program participants will share their stories and passion in serving the community. The Honorable Mike Eng of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees 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.
Class of 2017 Leadership Academy Cohort includes:
Anna Katrina Alvarado, California State University, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41)
Sylvia Guan, University of Pennsylvania | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Josh Newman (SD-29)
Sabrina Inoue, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (AD-66)
Jeffery Jen, Pomona College | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Judy Chu (CD-27)
Nayada “Mint” Katavetin, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti
Diana Lam, Wellesley College | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (AD-49)
Hanah Lee, Yale University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ed Hernandez (SD-22)
Dim Mang, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Controller Betty Yee
Erika Ngo, Whittier College | Intern at the Office of California State Treasurer John Chiang
Sonia Romero, University of Southern California | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Adam Schiff (CD-28)
Stephanie Sun, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Mimi Walters (CD-45)
Eric Thai, University of California, Davis | Intern at the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63)
Allison Vo, University of California, San Diego | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Lou Correa (CD-46)
Helen Yu, Duke University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26)
Zheng, Amherst College | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu (District 4)
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 21 at CLAKickoff.eventbrite.com.
Underground parking is available at the L.A. Chamber on West 4th Street. Parking costs $2 for every 15 minutes with a maximum daily charge of $6. Additional parking is available at 417 South Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The parking is one block away from the L.A. Chamber and costs $7 per vehicle. Metered parking is also available surrounding the L.A. Chamber.
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 (626) 356-9838 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101