May 15-16, 2019

Legislative Leadership Summit 2019


The Legislative Leadership Summit brings together nonprofit and corporate leaders, subject matter experts, as well as local and federally elected officials for two days of bipartisan policy discussions that affect the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the nation at large. The APAICS Leadership Network aims to connect leaders from across all industries and varying points of view for a day of dialogue and an exchange of non-partisan ideas.

Plenary Sessions

The topics of the plenary sessions that will be held during the conference are listed below.

  • Strengthening Our Work through Data, Narrative, & Action
  • Diversity in Hollywood (featuring¬†The Joy Luck Club¬†cast)
  • Fireside Chat: History of AAPI Leadership
  • Building Public Service Pipelines in Communities of Color

Ticket Levels & Prices

Two Day Ticket
May 15 & 16
Day 1 Ticket
May 15 Only
Day 2 Ticket
May 16 Only
General $500 $300 $300
Non-Profit $400 $250 $250
APAICS Alumni $150 $100 $100
Student $100 $75 $75


Please click below to download the draft schedule for the Legislative Leadership Summit.  This schedule is subject to change.


Legislative Summit Honorary Co-Chairs

Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

U.S. Congressman Ami Bera represents California’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 7th district is located just east of California’s capitol city, Sacramento, and lies entirely within Sacramento County. A first-generation American born and raised in California, Bera is guided by a desire to serve his community. It’s that commitment to service that led him to become a doctor and later run for Congress.

Congressman Bera is also the founder and Chair of the California Public Higher Education Caucus. As a former educator and alumnus of the UC system, Congressman Bera is committed to making college affordable for all Americans.  He is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of legislators dedicated to maintaining America’s standing as the world’s strongest, most successful nation.  His work with the New Dems is focused on finding ways to foster and harness American creativity and ingenuity so that it leads to new American jobs, greater economic prosperity, and a safer and more secure future for our country.

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Congresswoman Grace Meng

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. She represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.

Congresswoman Meng is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Congresswoman Meng is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and on the following Subcommittees: State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Homeland Security; and, Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding every federal agency, program, and project within the United States government.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Helen Ruggiero


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