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National Leadership Academy


The APAICS National Leadership Academy for Elected Officials was established in 1999 to provide Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elected officials with the skills and resources needed to excel in their current office as well as prepare them for opportunities to advance into higher office. The National Leadership Academy brings together a bipartisan group of promising AAPI political leaders from state legislatures, city councils, and local governing bodies all across the country to Washington, D.C.


The 2017 National Leadership Academy is designed for current elected officials seeking re-election or advancement into higher office, and individuals who plan to run within the next two years. The program consists of interactive leadership training with topics ranging from planning your campaign, developing and telling your campaign story, base building and outreach and fundraising strategies. The program will also include special guest speakers and panels.


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Monday & Tuesday | May 15-16, 2017


Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009


We will provide 2 nights (Sunday 5/14 and Monday 5/15) at the Washington Hilton and 1 ticket to our Annual Awards Gala Dinner


For those who are not a currently elected official, we are able to provide a Southwest voucher for air travel*. In addition, we are able to provide the following:

  • Car: Mileage reimbursement (by U.S. government standards) and parking at the hotel
  • Train: Coach ticket up to $150

*For individuals traveling from Alaska or Hawaii, an additional $200 travel stipend will be provided towards airfare from Hawaii to continental U.S. 



Congressman Ted Lieu

U.S. Congressman, 33rd District of California

Colleen Hanabusa

U.S. Congresswoman, 1st District of Hawaii

Kumar Barve

Maryland State Representative

Susan B. Chew

Idaho State Representative

J. Kalani English

Hawaii State Senator

Hoon-Yung Hopgood

Michigan State Senator

Scott Kawasaki

Alaska State Representative

Patty Kim

Pennslvania State Representative

Susan C. Lee

Maryland State Senator

Curtis Oda

Utah State Representative

Scott Saiki

Hawaii State Representative

Sharon Tomiko Santos

Washington State Representative

Maile Shimabukuro

Hawaii State Senator

Ron Villanueva

Virginia State Representative

Glenn Wakai

Hawaii State Senator

Christopher Cabaldon

Mayor of West Sacramento, CA

Michael P. Guingona

Councilmember of Daly City, CA

Conrad Lee

City Council Member and Former Mayor of Bellevue, WA

Karyl Matsumoto

City Council Member and Former Mayor of South San Francisco, CA

Alan Nakanishi

City Council Member, Candidate for California State Senate, Former Mayor of Lodi, CA

Tzeitel Russel M. Paras

City Council Member and Former Mayor of Duarte, CA

Alicia Ping

County Commissioner of Washtenaw, MI

Amy Mah Sangiolo

Councilmember of Newton Board of Aldernan, MA

Lisa A. Wong

Former Mayor of Fitchburg, MA

Gary Yamauchi

City Council Member and Former Mayor of Alhambra, CA

Grace Han Wolf

Councilmember of Herndon, VA

Donovan Dela Cruz

Hawaii State Senator

Mark Hashem

Hawaii State Representative

Harish Jajoo

City Council Member and Former Mayor Pro-tem of Sugar Land, TX


Charles Kong Djou

Former U.S. Congressman, Hawaii

Congressman Mark Takai

Former U.S. Congressman, 1st District of Hawaii

Jose “Joe” Esteves

Former Mayor of Milpitas, CA

Curtis Oda

Former State Representative, 14th District of Utah

Quang Pham

Ran for U.S. Congress, 47th District of California

Jean Quan

Former Mayor of Oakland, CA

Van Tran

Ran for U.S. Congress, 47th District of California




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