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.

6 Months

Fellows must be able to commit to attending all mandatory full-day training sessions  from January 2018 to June 2018. Sessions occur in and around Monterey Park, CA and Downtown, Los Angeles.

Fellowship Experience

Additional readings and assignments may be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.

Program Fee

Each fellow is required to pay a $400 program fee ($200 upfront, $200 before graduation), $100 security deposit. Dues will go towards funding session facilities, resources, and meals.

About

The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI) is a community leadership and advocacy training certificate program for high-potential professionals with seasoned leadership experience and a passion for serving the needs of the APA community in California. Participants complete the program armed with the skills and connections vital to advocate for the APA community. Graduates of this program have gone on to change the civic landscape in the region through elected office and leadership roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

CLI sessions are comprised of policy overviews, civic leadership skill development trainings, and leadership roundtables with some of the top movers and shakers of our region. Training sessions and activities are led by a unique array of seasoned political professionals, civic leaders, and other issue experts who will share their best practices and personal insights.

CLI is open to participants through a nomination-only process. Nominations can come from CAUSE Board Members, select nonprofit partner organizations, or elected officials at the county, state, and federal levels. Nominators are invited to identify and nominate two candidates per year for the program who show political and civic promise. All individuals with a desire to pursue community leadership roles in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors are encouraged to apply.

The program was co-founded by CAUSE and USC Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.

Program Components

Policy Overviews

Participants will meet with political thought leaders for candid discussions on the current state of various policy issues. These intimate, off-the-record conversations provide exclusive insight into the latest policy developments. Policy issue focuses vary by year and have included: K-12 education, healthcare, energy and the environment, workforce development, transportation, and housing.

Civic Leadership Skill Development

CLI participants meet with experts to develop essential modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include public speaking, messaging, and cultivating individualized authentic leadership styles. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership after the program’s end.

Leadership Roundtables

CAUSE’s network gives CLI Fellows exclusive access to the movers and shakers in California. Each speaker shares their personal experiences and leadership journeys. Speakers share their own best practices on public service and civic leadership and provide deeper perspective into what it takes to lead our community. Past speakers have included The Hon. Ed Chau, The Hon. John Chiang, Rusty Hicks, Gary Toebben, and The Hon. Betty Yee.

Connections & Community

The CAUSE family is a network united around a shared desire to advance the APA community. Each CLI cohort is encouraged to connect with each other, the speakers, and the larger community. CLI participants are also invited to exclusive networking, political, and community events (as space allows).

2018 Fellows

Our program is highly selective and each member of our cohort is selected based on their leadership abilities, public service, and community involvement. All of our program fellows are identified and nominated by leading elected officials, select nonprofit partner organizations, or a CAUSE Board Member.

Ronald Arruejo

Ronald J. Arruejo

Business Operations Specialist – International Programs
Naval Warfare Center Weapons Division at Point Mugu

Phylizia Carrillo

Phylizia Carrillo

Director of Innovation
AmihanGlobalStrategies

Jessica Cha

Jessica Cha

Vice Chair
Arts & Culture Commission, City of Santa Ana

AndyMike Emata

AndyMike Emata

Engagement & Strategic Initiative Accounts Manager
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Jenifer Harris

Jenifer Harris

Prevention Coordinator
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

Jackie Kim

Jackie Kim

Field Representative
Office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

Jennifer Kumiyama

Jennifer Kumiyama

Legislative Assistant
Office of Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, City of Long Beach

Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee

Public Policy Manager
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Co-Founder
The Spectrum Works

Project Manager
SoCalGas

Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy

Director, Operations & Public Affairs
Smart Home, LLC

Lindsey Nitta

Lindsey Nitta

Principal Consultant
Venture Consulting

Audrey Oh

Audrey Oh

Marketing Specialist
VeriFone Media/GSTV

Liliane Ribeiro

Liliane Ribeiro

Director of Development
MUSE/IQUE

Paul Seo

Paul Seo

Deputy District Attorney
Office of Los Angeles County District Attorney

Jimmy Tang

Jimmy Tang

Assistant Field Deputy
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Alton Wang

Alton Wang

Assistant Director
AAPI Data & UCR Center for Social Innovation

Cally Wong

Cally Wong

Director
Asian & Pacific Islander Council of San Francisco

Melanie Yamamoto

Melanie Yamamoto

Program Assistant
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Rodney Yo

Rodney Yo

Associate
NNN Properties Group, KW Commercial

Important Dates & Deadlines

Event Date
Application Opens Friday, September 7, 2018
Application Closes Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59 PM PST
Nominations Due Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59 PM PST
Leadership Institute Session #1 Saturday, January 12, 2019
Leadership Institute Session #2 Saturday, February 9, 2019
Leadership Institute Session #3 Saturday, March 23, 2019
Leadership Institute Session #4 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Leadership Institute Session #5 Saturday, May 18, 2019
Leadership Institute Session #6 Saturday, June 22, 2019

What Our Alumni Say

  • "The CAUSE Political Institute was tremendously valuable in helping me gain insight on the challenges and opportunities of public service from leading political practitioners."

    The Honorable Thomas Wong President of the Board, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
  • "This is a great program to learn how to be an active agent in your community and not a passive bystander."

    The Honorable Henry Lo Boardmember, Garvey School District

This program is generously supported by: