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Celebrate the achievements of Asian Pacific Americans at the CAPAL APA Heritage Ball! In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, CAPAL is hosting our 2nd Annual APA Heritage Ball featuring a number of prominent leaders and advocates of the APA community. Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with peers and APA leaders in public service to commemorate the role of APAs in our society.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Admission includes heavy hors d’oeurves, open bar, silent auction, and special guest performances.
All proceeds will benefit CAPAL, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Asian Pacific American leaders in public service. Please note that only the portion of your contribution that exceeds the fair market value of any goods or services you receive is tax-deductible. Our good faith estimate of the fair market value of the Heritage Ball ticket is $70 per ticket.
If you are interested in becoming a community partner for this event, please email CAPAL
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Since 1930, the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC has played host to presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls, making it a true Washington landmark. Today you will find the hotel fuses modern comforts with distinguished service, creating a truly monumental experience.
Located in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the nation’s captiol, this elegant urban retreat boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art and music. The four-diamond Omni Shoreham Hotel is situated on 11 lush acres just steps away from the National Zoo. This impressive hotel’s vibrant location and genuine service awaits you.
Omni Shoreham Map
Master of Ceremonies
Actor and Producer
Actor and producer Brian Yang is best known for his role as “Charlie Fong” on the CBS primetime drama series, Hawaii Five-0. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in the Bay Area, Yang is a second generation Chinese American who began his acting career after he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied biology and dramatic arts. He works as a producer and actor on projects in New York, Hawaii, Los Angeles and throughout Asia.
In 2009, he was the host of Shanghai Rush, China’s most extensive reality show to date. His production company, 408 Films, has produced feature films in both the US and Asia. Currently, Yang has several projects in development, including the 2012 Jeremy Lin documentary, LINSANITY directed by Evan Jackson Leong, which is set to make its world premiere at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Yang has also starred in films such as The Man with the Iron Fists as Blue Hyena, Alice Wu’s Saving Face ( Sundance 2005) as Little Yu, Joan Chen’s love interest, and in the forthcoming “Someone I Used to Know”, directed by Nadine Truong and written by West Liang, which he also produced.
Yang keeps his base in New York City, but is frequently on a plane somewhere between Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Taipei or Shanghai. He loves playing basketball, snowboarding, and travel.
2nd Annual APA Heritage Ball 2013 Speakers
City of Campbell, California
Evan Low was elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2006 and was re-elected in November 2010. In 2009 and 2010, his colleagues on the Council selected him to serve as Mayor, making him the the youngest Asian American and openly gay mayor in the entire nation.Evan currently works as a Senior District Representative for State Assemblymember Paul Fong. He attended De Anza Community College and received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Evan also went to San Jose State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science then graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 2006, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a Proclamation naming June 5, 2006, “Evan Low Day” in the City and County of San Francisco for his leadership in the greater community. In 2010, Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper named Evan as one of the “Top 25 People Who Will Change Silicon Valley”.
Southeast Asia Resource and Action Center (SEARAC)
Doua Thor is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). She and her family were among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after supporting and fighting alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War. The Thor family was resettled in Detroit, Michigan in 1979 where Doua spent much of her youth volunteering and working with Southeast Asian American communities. Over the years, Doua has gained a wealth of experience working with national and grassroots Southeast Asian American and refugee serving organizations.
Doua was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2010. She currently serves on the board or in a leadership position in a number of organizations and coalitions, including the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, and the executive committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Additionally, through her leadership, SEARAC is a core work group member of the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), an initiative supported through Atlantic Philanthropies to improve the lives of vulnerable elders. Doua was selected as a New Voices Fellow in 2002, an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2008, and an Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) Fellow in 2009.
She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
Gene F. Kim is the Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), a group comprised of 41 Members of Congress dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The caucus was founded in 1994 by then-Congressman Norman Y. Mineta, and is currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu of California.
Prior to working with the caucus, Gene served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), as the Director of Communications and Program Development for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), as the Research and Policy Director of the Dan Seals for Congress campaign, and as a Legislative staffer handling education and science policy issues for Congressman Al Green (TX-09). He is actively committed to promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in public service and has spoken at dozens of community events and conferences throughout the country to encourage greater youth participation and leadership.
Gene is originally from California, where he served as the head director of a housing and tenant’s rights legal center and co-chaired a statewide environmental justice movement. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with dual degrees in Rhetoric and Sociology with High Honors.
More speakers to be announced!
Host Committee Members
The Honorable Elaine Chao
Former Secretary of Labor, Distinguished Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Host Committee Co-Chair
The Honorable Norman Mineta
Vice chairman, Hill & Knowlton, Former Secretary of Transportation
Host Committee Co-Chair
Christopher Y. Chan, Attorney, Finnegan and APABA-DC
Christine Chen, Executive Director, APIAVote
Judy Chu, Congresswoman, California
Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman, Illinois
Eni Faleomavaega, Congressman, American Samoa
Julian Ha, Practice Leader, Heidrick & Struggles
Mazie Hirono, Senator, Hawaii
Francis Q. Hoang, Partner, Fluet Huber + Hoang
Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California
Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC Dayside and NBC News Early Today Show
Gale McCallum, Co-Chair, AAPIP/DC, APIASF Advisory Council
Doris Matsui, Congresswoman, California
Grace Meng, Congresswoman, New York
Howard Moon, Director of Global Government Affairs, Amgen
Floyd Mori, Interim President and CEO, APAICS
Hung Nguyen, Managing Director, HN Consulting LLC
Christian Oh, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kollaboration DC
Angela Rye, Principal, IMPACT Strategies
Monica Thammarath, Senior Program/Policy Specialist, National Education Association
Frank Wu, Dean, UC Hastings Law School, Author of Yellow
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Thank you to our supporters!
Kollaboration – DC
National Organization of Vietnamese American Leaders (NOVAL)
Ravi Jha, Bechtel
Priscilla Baek, CAPAL
Jerry Fu, EOIR Technologies
Suzanne Doud Galli, MD PhD
Andrea Hsu, CGI
Christopher Y. Chan, Finnegan Henderson LLP
Nicholas Lepham, Center for American Progress
Chan Lieu, NHSTA
Toby Chun, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Julian Ha, Heidrick & Struggles
Jason Chung, Republican National Committee
Eric Kwon, Kwon’s Champion School
Phillip Wallace, Hyundai Motor Company
Joon Kim, CAPAL
Photographers: Dan Piech, Jeoyuh Lin
Thank you to our silent auction donors!
AMC Theatres Friendship Heights
Barrel Oak Winery
Bean Good Cafe
Bikram Yoga Dupont
Clyde’s Restaurant Group
Color Me Mine- Silver Spring
National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Gloria Chan Coaching
Harry’s Smokehouse Burger
International Spy Museum
Kwon’s Champion School
Lebanese Taverna – Woodley Park
Liberty Mountain Resort
Messina Hof Winery and Resort
Nandos Peri Peri- Pentagon City
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Rays Burger in Rosslyn
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Six Flags America
SportRock Climbing Centers
Vault Field Vineyards