The Civic Leadership USA is a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington DC in 2013. It was the vision of Mr. Sandy Chau, chairman of the board. The Foundation is headquartered in San Mateo California.
CLUSA is dedicated to empower and organize the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities, to create a national network of civic-minded organizations and leaders and work in unity.
Our main focus & priority are: (1) Civic Leadership Development with a moral compass; (2) Unity/Coalition Building among APIA communities and beyond.
The principal activity of CLUSA is to sponsor Civic Leadership Forums and Public Service Internship programs aimed at training APIAs to participate in the political process and our civic life. All our grant programs are non-partisan and inclusive of all Americans regardless of ethnic group or country of origin.
After the inaugural San Mateo, California CLUSA in 2015, Civic Leadership Forums and Public Service Internship Programs have been held across the country. Include 72 Civic Leadership Forums in 35 cities and 15 States. In addition to a national Civic Leadership Forum (NCLF) in Washington DC in the last few years, it turned virtual since 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic with over 750 registered participants and over 150 speakers from around the country.
We are in the process of re-examining our current grant making strategy and developing more relevant and responsive grant programs guidelines to stay true to our motto, “Diverse in Leadership. Inclusive in Participation”. More details will be announced this fall. Stay tuned.
Our Objectives are to establish a pipeline of civic leaders who intend:
- To run for public office with service as their core mission.
- To build platforms in each community that groom and support local leaders.
- To build alliances of civic leaders.