Media Advisory

CAUSE to Host Kickoff for 2019 Leadership Academy Interns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213) 269-4639
Email:
haidee@causeusa.org

 

Who:

Kim Yamasaki
Executive Director, CAUSE

Charlie Woo
Board Chair, CAUSE

Erika Ngo
Assembly Fellow, Office of California State Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer
2017 CAUSE Leadership Academy Alumnus

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

Tammy Bui
Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Cal State Fullerton
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

Yangqing 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, June 21, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
350 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Parking is avaialble at 416 S. Boylston Street. It is a 2-minute walk to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Why: The CAUSE Leadership Academy Kickoff brings together elected officials, community leaders, and families to welcome the 2019 class of Leadership Academy interns!

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 haidee@causeusa.org.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Leadership Academy interns

  2. Tami Bui (Keynote Speaker)

  3. Erika Ngo (MC)

Dress code:

Business attire is appropriate.

About CAUSE

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 info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 1605 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite #1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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CAUSE to Host Graduation for 2019 Leadership Institute Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213) 269-4639
Email:
haidee@causeusa.org

 

Who:

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
6:00-8:00PM

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 haidee@causeusa.org.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Graduating Leadership Institute fellows

  2. Jasmeet Bains (Keynote Speaker)

  3. Claire Kitayama (MC)

Dress code:

Business attire is appropriate.

About CAUSE

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 info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 1605 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite #1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213) 269-4639
Email:
haidee@causeusa.org

 

Who:

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
6:00-8:00PM

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 (clnreception.eventbrite.com) 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 haidee@causeusa.org.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Leadership Council members

  2. Leadership Network members

  3. Bill Wong (Keynote Speaker)

Dress code:

Business attire is appropriate.

About CAUSE

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 info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 1605 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite #1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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CAUSE VOTE Initiatives Hosts “Healthcare in the Immigrant Community: A Town Hall”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213)269-4639
Email: haidee@causeusa.org

Who: Speakers / Panelists:
Peter Barth | Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, First 5 LA
Gabrielle Lessard | Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Doreena Wong | Project Director-Health Access Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

What: This panel-style discussion will provide a space for students and community members concerned about the recent issues surrounding the concept of public charge and how it can potentially pose a significant threat to low-income and/or immigrant communities. The proposal by the current Administration to broaden the definition of the term would threaten immigrants and their families’ access to Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other services.

Why: The subject of healthcare, affordability, & access is a hotly debated and highly complicated matter. The current Administration is working towards a number of healthcare and immigration reforms, such as repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), enacting a policy of child-separation, and re-shaping conversations surrounding the definition of the term “public charge,” leaving many in the country who require or may soon require medical attention in a state of confusion and anxiety.

Our Healthcare Town Hall will equip our community and its young leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to create informed and positive impacts for the greater community. The panel portion of the program will provide a platform for attendees to engage with speakers, submit public comment to the federal government, and register to vote.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Where: Ground Zero Performance Cafe / University of Southern California
615 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

On-campus parking is available for $12. Use the McCarthy Way Entrance (Gate 3), enter off Figueroa at McCarthy Way.

Limited metered parking surrounding the USC campus is also available.

Interview Opportunities:

There will be a Q&A segment of the town hall that press may participate in. Interviews may be conducted after the program at the discretion of the speakers.

Photo Opportunities:

Speakers / Panelists: Peter Barth, Gabrielle Lessard, Doreena Wong

About CAUSE VOTE Initiatives

The CAUSE Voter Outreach, Training, and Education (VOTE) Initiatives, is a year-round civic engagement program that includes voter registration and voter pledges, candidate debates, voter education and registration workshops, and community issue town halls for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) of all ages.

In order for our APA communities to be aware, mobilize, and vote in future political debates, our Voter Outreach, Training, and Education (VOTE) Initiatives provide culturally-aware outreach resources to encourage civic participation. We understand that our communities need to have the knowledge, access, and network to be fully immersed in our democracy. Our programs inspire APAs of all ages to voice their vote and define their future. Our community issue town halls provide a greater understanding of various issues that directly impact the APA community.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (213) 269-4639 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 1605 W Olympic Boulevard, Suite 1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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First-Ever APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate in California History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213)269-4639
Email: haidee@causeusa.org

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) has partnered with over 70+ community organizations and 15+ press agencies in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to host the first ever APA facing-Gubernatorial Debate in California History. Tickets are sold out with over 1200 guests attending.

Who:

Richard Lui (Moderator)
News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News

Seema Mehta (Moderator)
Political Writer, Los Angeles Times

Invited gubernatorial candidates:

  • Travis Allen (R) (Confirmed)

  • John Chiang (D) (Confirmed)

  • John H. Cox (R) (Confirmed)

  • Delaine Eastin (D) (Confirmed)

  • Gavin Newsom (D)

  • Antonio Villaraigosa (D) (Confirmed)

What: Leading candidates of the 2018 California Governor Race will debate issues facing the APA community.

When: Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Press should arrive at 6:30PM to ensure ample time for setup before the debate.

Where: Pasadena City College
Sexson Auditorium
1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

Parking is $2 in Lot 5. A map of Pasadena City College is available at https://pasadena.edu/about/campus-maps.php

Why: APA communities are the fastest growing ethnic group across the nation. Today, more than one-third (5.7 million) of the United States’ APA population resides in California. California is also home to the largest number of APA-owned businesses (32% of the total in the nation) and boasts an APA consumer market of $172 billion.

With the APA population comprising nearly 15% of California’s electorate, our community has the potential to decide the outcome of the 2018 elections. We are a community that cannot be ignored.

Interview Opportunities:

The Sexson Auditorium balcony will be reserved for the press for the duration of the debate.

Interviews with campaign representatives and/or candidates may be conducted after the program from 8:45 PM  – 9:15 PM in Room C155.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Speakers:  Mariko Carpenter, Charlie Woo, Kim Yamasaki

  2. Moderators:  Richard Lui, Seema Mehta

  3. Gubernatorial Candidates: Travis Allen, John Chiang, John H. Cox, Delaine Eastin, Antonio Villaraigosa

Dress code:
Business casual/casual attire is appropriate.

About CAUSE
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 info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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CAUSE Hosts The 2017 Veterans Initiative Leadership Luncheon

Contact: Haidee Pan, Director of Marketing & Communications

626-356-9838  haidee@causeusa.org

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

www.causeusa.org

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

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.

Who: 
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.

About CAUSE
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 info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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