Programs

National Leadership Academy

2020 APAICS Virtual-National Leadership Academy (V-NLA)

About the Virtual-National Leadership Academy (V-NLA)

For the first time, APAICS is excited to turn our annual National Leadership Academy (NLA) into a virtual training program! This academy is meant for AAPI leaders who are running for office, current elected officials, and elected officials preparing to run for higher office. Over the course of four days, this virtual academy will deliver important training and resources for the next group of promising AAPI political leaders while ensuring the flexibility needed to connect safely and learn virtually.

Curriculum

The V-NLA consists of interactive leadership training with special guest speakers. A detailed breakdown of trainings will be provided closer to the start date.

Sessions include:

  • planning your campaign
  • developing and telling your campaign story
  • base building and outreach
  • fundraising strategies and tips

Dates
The V-NLA will be spread out over 4 consecutive Saturdays.

Day 1: Saturday, July 11, 2020

Day 2: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Day 3: Saturday, July 25, 2020

Day 4: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Note: Participants must commit to attending each session to complete the program. 

Timing

  • Each training day will last 3-4 hours
  • Trainings will begin mid-afternoon (Eastern Time) to accommodate multiple time zones.

Location

In response to COVID-19, the Virtual-NLA will be conducted online. Virtual tools such as Zoom will be used.

Cost of Attendance

There is a small fee of $25 to attend the academy. If you are unable to pay the $25, scholarship options are available.

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 26, 2020

We will notify applicants no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2020 if they have been selected. For additional information, please contact us at programs@apaics.org.

Overview

The APAICS National Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership training event for current elected officials, individuals seeking to run for public office, and community stakeholders. The program consists of interactive political training with topics ranging from developing your campaign plan, communications, digital organizing, power mapping, and fundraising.

The National Leadership Academy 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, DC.

Academy Alumni

Ted Lieu

Congressman

U.S. Congressman (CA-33)

Colleen Hanabusa

Congresswoman

U.S. Congresswoman (HI-1)

Mark Takai

Congressman

U.S. Congressman (HI-1)

Charles Kong Djou

Congressman

U.S. Congressman (HI-1)

Kumar Barve

State Representative

Maryland

Susan B. Chew

State Representative

Idaho

J. Kalani English

State Senator

Hawaii

Hoon-Yung Hopgood

State Senator

Michigan

Scott Kawasaki

State Representative

Alaska

Patty Kim

State Representative

Pennsylvania

Susan C. Lee

State Senator

Maryland

Curtis Oda

State Representative

Utah

Fue Lee

State Representative

Minnesota

Scott Saiki

State Representative

Hawaii

Sharon Tomiko Santos

State Representative

Washington

Maile Shimabukuro

State Senator

Hawaii

Ron Villanueva

State Representative

Virginia

Glenn Wakai

State Senator

Hawaii

Christopher Cabaldon

Mayor

West Sacramento, CA

Steve Ly

Mayor

Elk Grove, CA

Jose “Joe” Esteves

Mayor

Milpitas, CA

Michael P. Guingona

Councilmember

Daly City, CA

Jean Quan

Mayor

Oakland, CA

Conrad Lee

Mayor

Bellevue, WA

Karyl Matsumoto

Mayor

South San Francisco, CA

Susan Pha

City Councilmember

Brooklyn Park, MN

Mary Thao

City Councilmember

Wausau, WI

Alan Nakanishi

Mayor

Lodi, CA

Tzeitel Russel M. Paras

Mayor

Duarte, CA

Alicia Ping

County Commissioner

Washtenaw, MI

Amy Mah Sangiolo

Councilmember

Newton Board of Aldernan, MA

Lisa A. Wong

Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

Gary Yamauchi

Mayor

Alhambra, CA

Grace Han Wolf

Councilmember

Herndon, VA

Donovan Dela Cruz

State Senator

Hawaii

Mark Hashem

State Representative

Hawaii

Harish Jajoo

Mayor Pro-Tem

Sugar Land, TX

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