CAUSE to host “Meet the Network” Reception for the CAUSE Leadership Network


Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213) 269-4639



Kim Yamasaki
Executive Director, CAUSE

Bill Wong
Political Director, California Assembly Democrats

CAUSE Leadership Council

Lisa Thong (Chair)
Policy Consultant, API Forward Movement

Jessica Caloza
Director of Scheduling, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Jade Leung
Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP 

Adam Ma
Community Relations, SoCalGas

John Tang
Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling

The Honorable Thomas Wong
Board President, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

CAUSE Leadership Network

Steve Angeles, Multimedia Journalist at ABS-CBN Global
Joseph Bernardo, Intercultural Affairs Associate at Loyola Marymount University
Shikha Bhatnagar, Executive Director of South Asian Network
Scott Chan, Director of API Forward Movement
Justin Ching, Producer at j-school
Ricky Choi, Public Affairs Project Manager at Lee Andrews Group
Anna Marie Cruz, Founder of Entrepinayship
Mike Fong, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations at the City of Los Angeles, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
Yoomee Ha
Jen Harris, Prevention Coordinator at Behavioral Health Services, Inc (CLI Alumni)
Tony Hoang, Managing Director at Equality California
Kelly Honda Takasu, Public Policy Manager at Alzheimer's Los Angeles
Lindsey Horowitz, Corps Member at Teach for America
Emi Kamemoto, Human Resources Executive at Creative Artists Agency
Steve Kang, Director of External Affairs at KYCC
Tae Kang, Special Projects at Harbor Freights Tools for Schools (CLI Alumni)
Stacia Kato, Vendor Management Consultant at Toyota Financial Services
Travis Kaya, Real Estate Associate at Venable LLP
Saurabh Kikani, Stand-Up Comedian
Sylvia Kim, Chief Innovation Officer at Asian Pacific Community Fund
Claire Kitayama, Director, Operations and Business Intelligence at United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Kavi Lal, Program Associate at the Annenberg Foundation
Connie Lee, Vice President at Citi Community Capital
Edward Lee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine
Olivia Lee, Public Policy Manager at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Lee, Co-Founder + Executive Director of The Spectrum Works
Kevin Lian, Executive Director of Pet Partners, California Chapter
Milton Liu, Director of Programs & Artist Services at Visual Communications
Samuel Liu, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of California State Senator Ben Allen
Henry Lo, Boardmember of Garvey School District
Jeff Maloney, Chief Staff Counsel at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Andrew Murphy, Policy Deputy at the Office of LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia
Farzana Nayani, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Manazil Management, LLC
Stephanie Nitahara, Executive Director of Kizuna
Devin Osiri, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Gerrard Panahon, Senior Financial Analyst, FP&A NASA at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dora Quach, Development Manager at East West Players
Max Reyes, Senior Management Analyst at the City of Los Angeles
Emmanor Rigonan, Tax Attorney at US Tax Shield
James Roh, Chief Operating Officer of Transparent Arts
Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor at the City of Los Angeles, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Paul Seo, Deputy District Attorney at the LA County District Attorney's Office
Lawrence Shih, Board of Supervisor's Deputy at the LA County Dept of Public Social Services (Former Deputy District Director)
Justin Tandingan, Managing Director of Recruitment at Teach for America
Kenney Tran, Store Manager at Walmart
Elnie Vannatim, Director, Government & Public Affairs at 21st Century Fox
Michael Vuong, Legislative Analyst at California Contract Cities Association
Alton Wang
Melanie Yamamoto, Grants Associate at The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Bryant Yang, Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office
Nancy Yap, Director of Development at LEAP
Clayton Yeung, Director, Community Alliances, Events, & Engagement at Nielsen
John Yi, Executive Director of Los Angeles Walks

What: Meet the emerging impact makers who drive our collective APA community forward! The CAUSE Leadership Network is an invitation-only, membership program for next generation leaders to channel skills, expertise, and passion for cross-sector advancement and the empowerment of APA communities. Members are committed to creating space for and driving our collective APA community forward. 

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Tom Bradley Tower
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

On-site parking is available via RSVP only. If you need a parking space, please add a "Parking RSVP" ticket through our Eventbrite registration ( and fill out the required information. Surrounding lots are also available at varying rates.

Why: The Reception will be an introduction of the CAUSE Leadership Network to the broader community. It will provide a platform of visibility for Network members for corporate executive officers, nonprofit executive directors, head-hunters, press, etc.

Interview Opportunities: 

Interviews may be conducted at the discretion of attending Leadership Council & Network members. For press-related inquiries, please email Haidee Pan, Director of Marketing & Communications, at

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Leadership Council members

  2. Leadership Network members

  3. Bill Wong (Keynote Speaker)

Dress code:

Business attire is appropriate.


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 (213) 269-4639 or email at General information can be obtained from our website at Our office is located at 1605 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite #1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.