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 2018 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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Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009


Attendees who live more than 40 miles from the Washington Hilton will receive a shared hotel room for two (2) nights at the Washington Hilton or another downtown hotel. Each attendee will share their hotel room with another attendee. If you would like your own room, you will be able to pay extra for this option once accepted to the academy. Spouses or other guests are not permitted to stay in shared hotel rooms.


  • Those who travel to DC by car, train, or bus will be reimbursed for these costs up to $200. APAICS adheres to the federal rate of mileage reimbursement when driving a personal vehicle.
  • Attendees for whom air travel makes the most sense will receive a voucher for a round trip flight to Washington, DC from anywhere in the continental United States provided by Southwest Airlines. The voucher must be used to travel to the National Leadership Academy and cannot be kept for future trips. Attendees traveling to Washington, DC from a U.S. state or territory outside the continental United States will be reimbursed for additional travel up to $200.
  • Current elected officials are not eligible for the complimentary travel voucher or hotel room. Instead, they will be reimbursed for travel up to a total of $200. APAICS assumes that current elected officials, their staff, and any other restricted individuals will file all necessary gift paperwork.
  • To be reimbursed, you will be asked to fill out a reimbursement form and provide copies of all receipts. If you cannot produce a receipt, regardless of the amount, you will not be reimbursed for that expense. 



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

Fue Lee

Minnesota 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

Steve Ly

Mayor of Elk Grove, 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

Susan Pha

City Council Member, Brooklyn Park, MN

Mary Thao

City Council Member, Wausau, WI

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



Southwest is the official airline of APAICS National Leadership Academy