GET TOGETHER: Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) LEADERS!

The 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum

As an Asian American Organization Leader, you are cordially invited to join the upcoming National Civic Leadership Forum (NCLF) in Washington DC on August 15-18, 2019.  This NCLF event is sponsored by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affair (APAPA) and supported by many AAPI organizations.

The long term goal of the NCLF is to build unity among a diverse group of AAPI to fight against racial bias and achieve equality for the AAPI community. The forum will provide a platform for our community to interact and build trust through collaboration. It is also an opportunity to show strength and unity and to interact and work with Congressional Members and the White House on issues pertaining to the AAPI community. The theme of this Forum is “Empowering Asian American & Pacific Islanders for 2020” – the year that the AAPI community will make a difference.

At this Forum, you will

  • Hear Keynotes by US Representatives: Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, Lloyd Doggert & Andy Kim; Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; Fmr chief of Staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen, Community Leaders: C-100 President Frank H. Wu and others
  • Mingle with other AAPI leaders from around the country;
  • Gain insights in elected and appointed political or non-political leadership positions and learn the best practices;
  • Be trained for an effective congressional visit;
  • Meet top level invited Congressional & White House members: Speaker Nancy Pelosi; US Senator Mitch McConnell, US Rep. Lloyd Doggert, US Rep. Judy Chu, etc.;
  • Be empowered by the unity of diverse AAPI community.

Please register for the NCLF through our website  (Invitation Only. Free Registration. Travel subsidy up to $1000 for qualified organization sending their top executive officers.)

Please note: There are two venues that the Forum will be held: Crowne Plaza Crystal City Washington DC (September 15, 16, & 18) and the Rayburn House Office Building (September 17).

50 Guest rooms are blocked in Crowne Plaza from September 15-18 at $165/night. Please contact us at should you want to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

To recognize the outstanding civic engagement services provided by our AAPI organizations, we have created 3 community awards to be given in our event. Please submit your nomination using the attached application form.

Looking forward to meeting with you and learning together,

Dr. SK Lo
2019 NCLF Planning & Steering Committee Chair

For more detailed information, please check the link at


San Diego Civic Leadership Forum


The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is organizing a forum focused on civic leadership and empowerment Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Sponsored by Civic Leadership USA, the forum will feature prominent leaders and elected officials who will discuss efforts to increase the community’s representation in government. Whether you’re looking to network, get more involved in the community, or even run for office, please join us on Saturday, March 30th!

Agenda Overview 

FORUM (2:00-5:00PM)

Opening Remarks and National Anthem
Emcee: CK Suero-Gabler, Region Chair, NaFFAA
U.S. Anthem: CK Suero-Gabler
Bennett Peji, Vice President, Impact & Partnerships, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Keynote Remarks: California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, 78th Assembly District
Chris Cate, Councilmember, City of San Diego
Anthony Ng, Executive Director, Civic Leadership USA

Asian American Data/Representation Presentation
Tom Wong, Professor, University of California, San Diego; Board of Advisors, New American Leaders

Civic Leadership Panel
Moderator: Andrew Amorao, Region Vice Chair, NaFFAA
Mark Bartlett, Commissioner, Chula Vista Veterans Advisory Commission
Carol Kim, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
Ditas Yamane, Former Mayoral Candidate, National City

Closing Remarks
Jason Tengco, Executive Director, NaFFAA


Susan Davis, Member of Congress, 53rd House District
Ben Hueso, State Senator, 40th Senate District
Shirley Weber, State Assemblymember, 79th Assembly District
Nathan Fletcher, County Supervisor, 4th County District
Monica Montgomery, City Councilmember, City of San Diego
Audie de Castro, San Diego Honorary Consul, Consulate General of the Philippines

BRI Silicon Valley Youth Forum Invitation

BRI 硅谷青年論壇邀請函

BRI Silicon Valley Youth Forum Invitation


Face to face with Asian American Youth Leaders –

公民責仼 公益爱心 共創超越 共担使命

Civic Responsibility, Public Welfare, Joint Transcendence, Shared Mission

時間:1/26/19 下午3:00-5:00

Time: 1/26/19 Saturday 3:00-5:00pm

地点:方李邦琴基金会(608 N. El Camino Real,San Mateo CA 94401)

Place: Florence Fang Foundation (608 N. El Camino Real, San Mateo CA 94401)


Purpose: Identify, recruit, and train Asian American youth elites with leadership potential, provide them with guidance and development as individuals within our group environment so they can gradually become ready to be the leaders in various industries in the United States.


Goal: Gather talents to express voice of the generation in the name of youths. Expand into a platform of promotion and development for youth leaders.

嘉宾Guest Speakers:

Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, Founder of Venture for America, 2020 Presidential Candidate

David Wang – President and Founder of Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC), Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sanjeev Saxena – serial entrepreneur and the founder of POC Medical Systems, “The most Innovative CEO’s of 2018”

主辦方Sponsor:侨路基金会Bridge Road International (BRI)Foundation 。

協辦方Co-sponsors:欣欣青年部Shin Shin Youth Group、翰林青年部Hanlin Youth Group、Civic Leadership USA.

支持方Supporting Organizations:硅谷青年交响乐团Silicon Valley Youth Orchestra, 蓝丝带基金会Social Diversity for Children Foundation, 硅谷青年扶轮社Interact Club of Silicon Valley, 硅谷女性青年部Youth Group of Silicon Valley Women’s Association, 天目基金会Tianmu Foundation, 華体会North California Chinese Culture-Athletic Federation, 青狮会Leo Clubs California District 4-C4 …

Contact info: 510-449-9557; 415-309-1769; 925-997-7410

How to Run a Successful Campaign


Civic Leadership Retreat 2018 – Christine Chen Presentation


Asian USA 2018 Leadership Summit in Washington DC

There is an African proverb that goes “If you want to go fast, fly alone. If you want to go far, fly together.” CLUSA founder and chairman, Mr. Sandy Chau, referenced this quote during his opening speech at this year’s Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. With 6% of American being Asians, he emphasized the importance of being able to unite the Asian communities around the US in order to create a bigger impact. If one Asian community is one bird, then many birds flying far would be the equivalent of multiple Asian communities uniting for a common purpose. ” Asians have a lot of contributions to this country but haven’t gotten recognition. Many Asian people work so hard but haven’t gotten equal opportunities. That’s why we should work together and make some changes.”
Following Mr. Chau with her own opening speech was the CEO, Sue Van, from Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. She also emphasized the importance of representation, especially in office. Over the last few elections, there has been an increasing in the number of AAPI in public office, specifically the House of Representatives and the Senate. By increasing the level of civic engagement within communities, more AAPI will be inclined to run for office and not only add to the current number of AAPI in office, but will maintain that representation when the current members step down from offices.
When people hear the term DNA, they tend to think of the genetic term. To Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside as well as the founder of AAPIData, DNA refers to Data (and technology), Narrative, and Action (ex. advocacy and civic engagement). To be successful in anything, one needs to apply all three into their plan to be successful.
 On September 6th, 2018, Silicon Valley Innovation Channel Ding Ding TV covered the Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. This event was hosted by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) in partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).

Preparing for the 2020 Presidential Primaries  & General Election

Congressmen Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, and Grace Meng each gave a speech regarding their thoughts on the upcoming election at the 2018 Asian American Leadership Summit on September 6th. Ted Lieu believes that voting in the upcoming elections is important because it would bring back the core value systems that were previously held. Congresswoman Judy Chu added that voting gives the government a better idea of the public’s opinion. Thus, in order to create changes on a government level, everyone’s vote matters.
Prior to the Congressmen presenting their thoughts, panelists for the discussion involving increasing voter registration represented organizations from around the United States. Methods currently in use include first time voters being able to physically go to a registration office, which is one of the benefits for college students who don’t live at home, as well as utilizing that same demographic to bring in more people to vote.
Congresswoman Grace Meng                                                                        Congressman Ted Lieu
Congresswoman Judy Chu                                                                               CLUSA founder and chairman Sandy Chau
APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen                                                    Ding Ding TV, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Executive                                                                                                                             Board members of CLUSA
 On September 6th, 2018, Silicon Valley Innovation Channel Ding Ding TV covered the Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. This event was hosted by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) in partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).
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