CAPAL Commemorates 25 Years of Public Service and Leadership at Anniversary Gala on May 9

Heidi Hong

April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, May 9, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) will host an evening gala at the Sphinx Club to celebrate CAPAL’s 25th Anniversary and Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in May. Attendees are invited to connect with prominent APA leaders, celebrate the role of Asian Pacific Americans in society, and mingle with like-minded professionals committed to public service.

In 1989, CAPAL was founded to address the lack of Asian Pacific American representation in the federal government. Since then, CAPAL has expanded to provide scholarship funding to students nationwide and professional development resources for young professionals in the Washington D.C. area. The 25th Anniversary gala will celebrate CAPAL’s past achievements, highlight AAPI leadership in public service, and inspire new visions for public leadership and civic participation.

“This is an exciting year for CAPAL,” said Gita Ram, Chair of CAPAL’s Board of Directors. “We’re not just celebrating our organization, but the accomplishments and achievements of individuals and community groups who have worked to strengthen the AAPI community. We’re proud to have been a part of developing leaders for a strong AAPI community in the nation’s capital and across the country for the last 25 years and look forward to empowering the next generations of leaders for the next 25 years.”

Since 1992, CAPAL has funded scholarships for outstanding students who plan to pursue unpaid internships in public service. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CAPAL’s “25 Scholars and Interns in 25 years” campaign, which will provide funds for current students and recent graduates to pursue internships in the public sector.

“CAPAL has grown tremendously over the past 25 years to offer opportunities for aspiring Asian Pacific American Leaders and to seek leadership roles in public service,” said Chantale Wong, member of the CAPAL Advisory Council and founding board chair. “As Asian Pacific American communities continue to grow rapidly, CAPAL’s programs meet an increasing need for AAPI political leadership and civic engagement.”

The reception will feature several prominent leaders of the AAPI community, including former Secretary of Transportation and Commerce Norman Y. Mineta. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu will provide remarks at the VIP reception.

The event has received wide-ranging support from community leaders, including CAPAL’s Gala Host Committee members: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, and Floyd Mori, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

Tickets to the Gala are available to the general public online at until Thursday, May 8 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. Admission includes a light dinner, open bar, silent auction, and special guest performances.


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 Pacific American community. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the community, and to serve the APA community at large. For more information, visit

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A Commitment to Community Service: Park Cleanup with AALEAD

Last week, several CAPAL board members and staff joined our friends at Asian American Lead (AALead) to help clean up Piney Branch-Crestwood Park during the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up. We would like to thank Tina Ngo of AALEAD for planning the park cleanup and inviting CAPAL to participate in it.

DC Clean up 1 A Commitment to Community Service: Park Cleanup with AALEAD

AALEAD’s mission is to promote the well-being of low-income and under-served Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building. I highly encourage those who are unfamiliar with this amazing organization to learn more by visiting their page at As a part of an organization deeply committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders today, the CAPAL board and staff were eager to spend time with and provide support to AALEAD youth at the park cleanup and instill the value of teamwork and the importance of giving back to our community.

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It was a rewarding experience to spend a morning doing community service with the boys and girls of AALEAD youth. Working together, we picked up 32 bags of trash, and 12 bags of recycling. There was an atmosphere of mutual bonding and community. As we completed our park clean up tasks, CAPAL board members and staff had the opportunity to talk to these bright and committed young people about their future interests and goals. In turn, the AALEAD youth appreciated connecting with CAPAL board members and saw us as their older brothers and sisters for a day. Together, we reinforced the value of community service and ethics, and had a lot of fun doing it.

 A Commitment to Community Service: Park Cleanup with AALEAD

To get involved with CAPAL’s community service efforts, I encourage you to sign up for CAPAL’s newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming CAPAL events. By getting involved with CAPAL, you can support our Scholarships and Internships Program and Washington Leadership Program, and make a difference in the lives of Asian Pacific American college students and young professionals. You can also support CAPAL by making a donation  or attending our upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

Dan Lam A Commitment to Community Service: Park Cleanup with AALEAD Dan Lam is a Management Information Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At HUD, Dan helps oversee the Department’s financial management systems to ensure that they comply with Federal laws and regulations. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dan graduated with a B.S. in General Science from the University of Oregon, and later received a M.S. in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership (NOVAL). Dan often spends his time helping out with the Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club of the DC Metro Area (VLAC/NHÀ VIỆT NAM) and Ket Doan Association.

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