CAUSE to Host Graduation for 2019 Leadership Academy Interns


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



Diana Lam
Senior at Wellesley College
2017 Leadership Academy Alumnus

Kim Yamasaki
Executive Director, CAUSE

Charlie Woo
Board Chair, CAUSE

Snehal Desai
Producing Artistic Director, East West Players

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

Audrey Soriano
Manager of Leadership Development, CAUSE

2019 CAUSE Leadership Academy Interns

Amanda Yuen
Intern at Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

Amber Chong
Intern at the Office of Assemblymember Ed Chaua

Amy Ho
Intern at the Office of Congressman Lou Correa

Angela Wang
Intern at IW Group

Brandon Tabata
Intern at Transparent Arts

Lena Nguyen
Intern at Southern California Gas Company

Maamaloa Finau
Intern at Los Angeles Walks

Matthew Lee
Intern at the Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu

Maya Wong
Intern at East West Players

Nina Long
Intern at EV Connect

Olivia Dulai
Intern at the Office of Senator Ben Allen

Shekinah Deocares
Intern at Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

Shumin He
Intern at the Office of State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Thanh Mai
Intern at the Office of Congressmember Grace Napolitano

Yanqing Lei
Intern at CAUSE

What: The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), is a nine-week paid internship program for college undergraduates that prepares the next generation to lead and represent the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

Founded in 1991 as the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC), CLA’s goal is to develop a pipeline of civic leadership for the APA community. As the fastest growing community in the United States, it is key that representation and leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors keep pace with our country’s changing demographics.

Through CLA, students are exposed to thought leaders, policymakers, and the issues of the day. Interns gain a deeper awareness of the civic issues facing the APA community in California. By the program’s end, students will have an understanding of how to engage in the politics of the day to affect the change they want to see in the world. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

When: Friday, August 16, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Where: KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91105

Street parking and nearby lots are available at varying rates. Small plates and refreshments will be served.

Why: The CAUSE Leadership Academy Graduation celebrates this year’s class and their completion of the program. Join elected officials, community leaders, local press, and families to congratulate the leaders of tomorrow!

Interview Opportunities: 

Interviews may be conducted before the program at the discretion of speakers and Leadership Academy interns. For press-related inquiries, please email Haidee Pan, Director of Marketing & Communications, at

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Leadership Academy interns

  2. Snehal Desai (Keynote Speaker)

  3. Diana Lam (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.