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 Pasadena, CA and Downtown, Los Angeles.
Additional readings and assignments may be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.
Each fellow is required to pay a $360 program fee (can be paid in monthly installments of $60). Dues will go towards funding session facilities, resources, and meals.
The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI) is a political 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 political landscape in the region through elected office and leadership roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
CLI sessions are comprised of intimate policy roundtable discussions, civic leadership development workshops, and leadership luncheons with some of the top political 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 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. While this program will provide some of the connections and skills needed for pursuing public office, any individual desiring 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.
Policy Roundtable Discussions
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. Speakers provide the tools and knowledge needed for participants to effectively form personal platforms. Policy issue focuses vary by year and have included: K-12 education, healthcare, energy and the environment, workforce development, transportation, and housing.
Civic Leadership Development
CLI participants meet with experts to develop essential professional skills and modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include public speaking, messaging, and campaign mechanics. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership after the program’s end.
CAUSE’s network gives CLI Fellows exclusive access to the movers and shakers of California politics. 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).
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 or a CAUSE Board Member.
Ronald J. Arruejo
Business Operations Specialist – International Programs
Naval Warfare Center Weapons Division at Point Mugu
Director of Innovation
Arts & Culture Commission, City of Santa Ana
Engagement & Strategic Initiative Accounts Manager
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
Office of Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, City of Long Beach
Public Policy Manager
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Spectrum Works
Director, Operations & Public Affairs
Smart Home, LLC
Director of Development
Deputy District Attorney
Office of Los Angeles County District Attorney
Assistant Field Deputy
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
AAPI Data & UCR Center for Social Innovation
Asian & Pacific Islander Council of San Francisco
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
NNN Properties Group, KW Commercial
Important Dates & Deadlines
|Application Opens||Tuesday, October 24, 2017|
|Application Closes||Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:59 PM PST|
|Nominations Due||Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:59 PM PST|
|Leadership Institute Session #1||Saturday, January 20, 2018|
|Leadership Institute Session #2||Saturday, February 10, 2018|
|Leadership Institute Session #3||Saturday, March 17, 2018|
|Leadership Institute Session #4||Saturday, April 21, 2018|
|Leadership Institute Session #5||Saturday, May 19, 2018|
|Leadership Institute Session #6||Saturday, June 16, 2018|
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."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."Boardmember, Garvey School District