The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) was founded in 1989 to address the visibly low numbers of Asian Pacific Americans serving in the public sector. The founding members of CAPAL came together in Washington, D.C. to establish a forum for engaging and training the next generation of Asian Pacific American policymakers and public leaders.

CAPAL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan educational and professional organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Its mission is to promote Asian Pacific American interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.


CAPAL is under the leadership of:

    • Board of Directors
    • Public Service Fellow
    • Advisory Council

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CAPAL’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its supporters and partners.

Download CAPAL’s prospectus to learn more about how you and your organization can support CAPAL. Please contact us for more information on the partnership and sponsorship opportunities that CAPAL offers.

Please consider making a donation to CAPAL. Your donation is greatly appreciated and tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. CAPAL’s tax ID number is 52-1739376.