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

CAPAL works towards achieving its mission through its signature programs: the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), Scholarships Program, Federal Internship Program, and the Professional Development Program.

CAPAL’s first Washington Leadership Program (WLP) served a class of 10 interns and 10 young professionals in 1989. By 2009, an average of 125 students and interns attended each WLP Session, and nearly 2,000 interns and young professionals had graduated from WLP.

Today, CAPAL continues to attract young AAPI leaders to Washington, D.C. through nationwide campus and community outreach. Between 2012-2014, CAPAL has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships and internships to promising students who work in the public sector. CAPAL also helps students to explore opportunities in the Federal workforce through partnerships with government agencies. With a network of over 600 public policy professionals, CAPAL provides undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, insights, and mentorship they need to successfully launch their own public service careers.


“As the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I cannot stress how instrumental CAPAL has been in cultivating the next generation of leaders. Through their education and leadership training program, CAPAL is assuring that the interests of the Asian Pacific American community will be honored for years to come.”

– U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15)

“We should all take pride in CAPAL’s work – in bringing together Asian Pacific American professionals in the DC area, in building opportunities for all of us to work together, and especially in helping to develop our future leadership.”

– Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation