The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) was founded in 1989 to address the visibly low numbers of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 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 American and Pacific Islander 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 American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. Its mission is to promote AANHPI interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the AANHPI community, and to serve the AANHPI community at large.



CAPAL is under the leadership of:

  • Board of Directors
  • Advisory Council
  • Managing Director

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