Congressional Leadership Academy


The APAICS Congressional Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), is a program for mid-senior level Hill Staffers (Legislative Correspondent or Legislative Assistant level) of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage, interested in the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, deepen their confidence, strengthen relationships, and build community to more effectively position themselves and pursue senior management roles such as Legislative Director, Chief of Staff, Committee Staff Director, or Communications Director on Capitol Hill. The program will be conducted in Washington, D.C.

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. To learn more about APAICS, please visit: 

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 with a vision of diverse leaders shaping communities for the benefit of all supported by its mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.  To learn more about LEAP, please visit:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be currently serving in mid-senior roles on Capitol Hill (e.g. Legislative Assistant, Legislative Aide, Legislative Correspondent). All Hill staffers are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. 

NOMINATIONS: If you are a former or current Legislative Director or Chief of Staff (or other senior management role) and would like to nominate a candidate, please submit a nomination form HERE.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND STRUCTURE: The program will consist of three highly interactive sessions of 2-days each covering relevant topics in leadership and professional development with a Capitol Hill lens.  A special feature of this program is 6 hours of one-on-one coaching with a certified executive coach for each program participant.  Other program features include: special guest speakers and a team based group project. The program is free of charge and follows House and Senate ethics rules.

Session 1: June 5-6, 2020
Session 2: August 21-22, 2020
Session 3: October 16-17, 2020

PROGRAM DURATION: June – October, 2020 

LOCATION: Washington, D.C. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  April 6, 2020 


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