My name is Gita Ram and I am proud to serve as the Chair of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) this year. This will be a year full of exciting and remarkable events for us as an organization, and I would love for you to be a part of it. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of CAPAL and we intend to impact the lives of even more Asian Pacific American (APA) young leaders this year by expanding our scholarships, internships, and Washington Leadership Program (WLP) series. I’m also looking forward to expanding our work to broader groups, building an organization that is more representative of the diversity within the APA community, and building upon our partners to increase our reach as an organization.

For me personally, it’s both exciting and humbling to be a part of CAPAL at a time that commemorates the last 25 years of the organization’s achievements. Coming from a family that taught me the value and importance of service to the community, I’m honored to be part of an organization that has been making a difference for so many years and continues to do so. Last year, we funded 18 CAPAL interns and scholars, the largest class in CAPAL history, to participate in public sector internships in Washington D.C. and nationally.

We have a number of events this year, and I invite you to join us in celebration of our past and future accomplishments at the annual CAPAL Ball on May 9th, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. As an organization that has been foundational in creating a strong APA community, we will continue to train and engage the next generation of APA leaders. I hope you will take part in the wonderful work we’re planning for the year ahead, whether that means applying for the CAPAL scholarship and internship program, attending the annual CAPAL Ball and WLP summer series, or donating to help us maximize our impact.

On behalf of CAPAL’s Board of Directors, thank you for supporting us and helping us build the APA community’s future leaders.

 Message from the CAPAL Chair Gita Ram is the Chair of CAPAL’s Board of Directors and also works at a Federal agency and is responsible for outreach and engagement with consumer advocacy organizations. Prior to that, she was a Communications Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where her responsibilities included messaging and strategic planning for Pew’s advocacy campaigns. Additionally, she worked for a number of elected officials in California. Gita graduated from the New School University with a masters degree in Media Studies, received a certificate in Political Psychology from Stanford University, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelors degree in Political Science.