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2017 CAPAL Board of Directors Application

August 1, 2016 - September 15, 2016

Are you a young professional in the DC metro area passionate about building leadership and promoting public service among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community? Do you want to gain hands on experience in development, programs, and pipeline building for the next generation of AAPI leaders? If so, apply to serve on CAPAL’s Board of Directors!

General Expectations and Responsibilities:

Promote CAPAL’s mission and purpose by contributing to our programs and services, strengthening our infrastructure and internal capacity, and participating in fundraising and recruitment efforts.

Plan and manage the activities, programs, and operations of CAPAL through active participation in one or more assigned committees and/or task forces.

Provide financial support that is personally significant through a monthly donation to CAPAL  (amount determined by the individual).

Adhere to the board’s attendance and participation policy, which includes regular attendance at monthly board meetings and after-work events. Board members are expected to come to meetings prepared by reviewing all relevant materials distributed in the week leading up to the meeting in order to present appropriate updates and feedback as well as to make informed decisions when voting. CAPAL holds about two to three events each month until the summer, during which we have at least one event each week.

Serve on a board committee dedicated to programs, operations, or development and fulfill its associated responsibilities. Board members are expected to attend monthly committee meetings and will be assigned leads or co-leads on particular projects.

Attend an annual winter weekend retreat in which board members learn about CAPAL’s history, programs, culture, and structure in addition to getting to know fellow board members. This learning is supplemented by an additional mid-year half-day retreat.

Oversee fiscal and legal responsibilities, including determining budget allocations, program budgets, etc. Board members should be aware that the board of directors is the legal governing body of CAPAL. As such, board members should be mindful and disclose any conflicts of interest.

Engage with program participants. This includes reviewing and interviewing program applicants and attending our regular programming. In addition, over the course of the summer, each board member is matched with particular scholar and intern program participants in various capacities such as mentoring, advising Community Action Projects, and more.

Leverage personal and professional networks to recruit program applicants and participants, volunteers, donors, and speakers. Board members are expected to assist in large-scale outreach efforts to supplement staff capacity, to support cross-committee activities, and to solicit individuals and institutions for fundraising campaigns.

Check and respond to email daily.

Commit ~10 hours a week (time commitment fluctuates throughout the year and certain positions may reach upwards to 15-20hrs during the peak summer season).

Serve at least a two-year term beginning November 2016 and must be based in the DC metro area.

CAPAL consists of the following committees followed by their descriptions below:


• Organize CAPAL’s hallmark program, the Washington Leadership Program. This is a series of weekly summer events featuring panelists and workshop presenters covering public service and civic engagement topics pertinent to the AANHPI community.
• Organize annual ball to bring together stakeholders and community members to recognize CAPAL’s achievements.
• Primary skills necessary: event planning, logistics, ability to network and reach out to potential speakers.


•  Liaise and negotiate with federal agencies to secure internships and place interns.
•  Cultivate and maintain relationships with sponsors to raise funds for CAPAL operations and various projects.
•  Diversify revenue by identifying new funding streams, such as increasing the number of recurring donations from individuals.
•  Primary skills necessary: Interpersonal skills, fundraising, ability to tap into wide network.


•  Manage scholar & internship program including facilitating the application process, the selection process, and creating a supportive environment (i.e. social events, learning events, resolving internship and program issues, etc.).
•  Manage and improve internal operations by updating bylaws and organizational processes.
•  Organize internal growth opportunities, such as securing professional development workshops and skills building events.
•  Primary skills necessary: Interpersonal skills, intern coordination, project management.

Please complete the application below. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 7th. Please send any questions to applications@capal.org. No phone calls, please.

If you have trouble viewing the form below, please try a different browser. Alternatively, you can download this PDF version of the form and submit it to applications@capal.org with a copy of your cover letter and one-page resume.  2017 CAPAL Board Application PDF

The 2017 CAPAL board application is now closed.


August 1, 2016
September 15, 2016