The leadership trainings are not only for those who want to know where and how to start but for those currently in public office who wish to hone their skills. To facilitate finding a resource suitable for your needs, we have divided the list into three parts: general, women, and youth.  If you know of any other organizations you would like us to consider adding to this list, please notify us at general@apacaucus.org.


Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute – http://svapali,org/
Offers public service, youth and civic leadership trainings year-round. Based at DeAnza College, it serves as a public-interest incubator of civic education and aims to create a civic leadership pipeline for under-represented communities in Silicon Valley.

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute at Urban Habitat – http://urbanhabitat.org/uh/bcli
Trains, places, and supports low-income and people of color who plan to or are already serving on boards and commissions. Located in Oakland, it focuses on Bay Area boards and commissions that have the most potential impact on communities in areas such as transportation, housing, health, and jobs.

California Democratic Council – http://www.cdc-ca.org/
Offers free leadership training year-round. As part of its mission, this statewide association of Democratic Clubs and County Committees recruits quality Democratic candidates for both appointed and elected positions.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. – http://leap.org/
Offers leadership development programs, skills building, and diversity trainings to people from colleges and universities, community organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 1000 companies throughout North America and Asia. Based in Los Angeles, this national non-profit organization encourages individuals to assume leadership positions and ultimately become role models for future leaders.

New Leaders Council – http://newleaderscouncil.org/
Provides training for progressive young professionals interested in running for elected offices and becoming civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. This nation-wide organization has 6 chapters in the state; each conducts an intensive 5 -month training program for a highly selective group of 15 -20 fellows.

For Women:

California Women Lead – http://cawomenlead.org/
Provides appointments and campaign trainings for women who are interested in serving on boards or commissions or in running for office. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association with nine chapters that host training events throughout the state.

Emerge California – www.emergeca.org/
Offers an intensive training program for Democratic women who plan to serve in public office. Held one weekend per month from December to June, the programs cover such topics as public speaking, labor and endorsements, ethical leadership, and cultural competency.

For Youth:

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association – http://apapa.org
Offers a leadership program and summer internships for API students in both northern and southern California. The purpose of the six-week internship is to help students better understand state and local government and to develop future API community leaders. Refer to Youth Leadership Development under Core Services.

Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project – http://www.apylp.org/
Offers two leadership conferences for upper class high school students interested in developing their leadership potential for community and public service. The Project is run by API staff of state elected officials “who want to ensure strong API representation in the public sector.”

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment – http://www.causeusa.org/
Conducts an 8 -week leadership academy for college students interested in a career in public office, public service, or community advocacy. Based in Southern California, the Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit community-based organization of professional, business, community, and political leaders committed to APA civic and political participation.

Vision New America – http://visionnewamerica.org/
Offers leadership training for high school and college students to encourage civic engagement and development. Located in Santa Clara, it offers internship opportunities in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. government offices.