CAUSE to Host Graduation for 2019 Leadership Institute Fellows


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



Kim Yamasaki
Executive Director, CAUSE

Claire Kitayama
Director, Operations and Business Intelligence, United Way of Los Angeles
2017 Political Institute* Alumnus (*Now Leadership Institute)

Renee Chang
Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking Regional Manager,East West Bank

Tammy Tran
Senior Manager of Community Engagement, Local Public Affairs,Southern California Edison
Board Member, CAUSE

CAUSE Leadership Institute

Augustine Han
Field Representative, California State Senator Janet Nguyen

Bianca Nepales
Director, Impact in Schools, Teach for America

Carmen Chang
Former Field Director, CA-25, California Democratic Party

Carmille Lim
Consultant: Global Programs & Operations
Muppies: Muslim Urban Professionals

Carolyn Chu
Programs Associate, Equality California

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

Clint Weirick
Principal Consultant, Clint Weirick Consulting

Denise Luu
Communications Specialist, Public Affairs, Southern California Edison

Derek Oye
Chair, Board of Directors, Taiko Community Alliance

Eileen Ung
Public Finance Analyst, Los Angeles Chapter President, MUFG

Eunice Kang
Office Manager, Young Kim for Congress

Hoang Nguyen
AAPI Liaison, Field Deputy, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Jasmeet Bains
Commissioner, California Healthcare Policy Commission

Jason Galisatus
Community Relations Associate, Stanford University Office of Government & Community Relations

Jeffrey Lee
Senior Analyst / Planning Commissioner (Vice Chair), Southern California Edison

Jingjing Cheng
Senior Director, Colliers International

JunHee Doh
Policy & Research Analyst, Advancement Project California

Kenneth Ahn
Caseworker, Office of Congressmember Karen Bass

Kyle Lee
Community Coordinator, Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles

Meredith Maimoni
Community Relations Manager, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Stephanie Cherng
Project Manager ll, SoCalGas

Steven Chow
Vice President, OCA-GLA

Taylor Quan
Staff Assistant, Office of Senator Ling Ling Chang

Xeres Villanueva
Project Director, WE Empowerment Center

What: The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI), is a six-month fellowship program for high-potential working professionals that develops leaders to 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 paths. Fellows emerge from the program prepared to support advocate and serve as leaders of the APA community. Every CLI session addresses each aspect of the curriculum to ensure 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 new perspectives, respect for the complicated nature of our civic landscape, and renewed vigor to lead that change themselves.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Where: Pasadena Conservatory of Music, PCM Auditorium
100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

On-site parking is available.

Why: The CAUSE Leadership Institute Graduation celebrates the 2019 Leadership Institute fellows' accomplishments and completion of the program. Join us in recognizing and celebrating this year's cohort!

Interview Opportunities: 

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

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Graduating Leadership Institute fellows

  2. Jasmeet Bains (Keynote Speaker)

  3. Claire Kitayama (MC)

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.