The CAUSE Leadership Council & Network moves the Asian Pacific American (APA) community forward through education, networks, and advancement.


The CAUSE Leadership Network is an invitation-only, membership program and platform for next generation leaders to channel skills, expertise and passion for the purpose of cross-sector advancement and the empowerment of APA communities. Through opportunities for key connections, knowledge-sharing, and dialogue, CLN is a space dedicated to the mutual advancement of emerging APA leaders across all sectors. CLN members are committed to creating space for and driving our collective APA community forward.

Program Goals

Increase representation at the executive leadership level

Foster tri-sector collaboration

Change the civic landscape in Southern California to reflect a more cohesive AANHPI community

Support other Network members with personal and career advancement

Collaborate and communicate to address community issues

Member Qualifications

Interest in advancing the interests of the APA community

Possesses recognized experience and influence

Proven track record of community leadership

Upholds CAUSE Leadership Qualities*

Ability to contribute the Three T’s: Time, Treasure, Talent


All-member Retreat: Day of dialogue to create stronger bonds between members, knowledge-map, and to set a collective agenda for the year.

Reception: An introduction of the CAUSE Leadership Network to the broader community. The Reception will provide a platform of visibility for Network members. Invited attendees will include corporate executive officers, nonprofit executive directors, head hunters, press, etc.

4 Network Sessions (dinners, receptions, training workshops, dialogues, and more): Provides a platform for members and distinguished guest speakers to engage one another on relevant industry and community issues, challenges and concerns through skill-shares and skill-building.

Year End FUNdraiser & Next Gen Awards: A (fun)draiser to showcase hidden member talents and celebrate CLN accomplishments.

Additional Benefits

Résumé Book: To be shared with top civic leaders, organizations, headhunters, and more.

Resource & File Sharing: The skills, tools, and access you didn’t know you needed to enact the change you want to create.

Broader Partnerships: Bridge-building with organizations to elevate members (e.g. through appointments, media coverage, leadership positions, etc.)

CAUSE Leadership Council

Lisa Thong


Lisa Thong

Policy Consultant
API Forward Movement

Jade Leeung

Jessica Caloza

Director of Scheduling
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Jade Leeung

Jade Leung

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Adam Ma

Adam Ma

Community Relations

John Tang

John Tang

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

Thomas Wong

The Honorable Thomas Wong

Board President
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Important Dates & Deadlines

Event Date
Leadership Network Retreat Saturday, March 9, 2019
Leadership Network Reception Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Leadership Network Session 1 Wednesday, May 5, 2019
Leadership Network Session 2 Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Leadership Network Session 3 Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Leadership Network Session 4 Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Leadership Network Closing Awards / Fundraising Event Wednesday, November 13, 2019