2016 CAPAL Ball: Celebrate Community

The CAPAL Ball is an annual tradition with the purpose of celebrating the achievements of our network in carrying out CAPAL’s mission as well as honor public service leaders. We are excited to engage with  our partners and supporters in a vibrant setting with keynote speakers and cultural performances.  Our primary guests are young professionals from the DC Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, but we anticipate over 200 guests from the community at large. Please dress fashionably, 21+ only and open to the press. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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VIP Reception, 6-7pm
The CAPAL Ball VIP Reception is now full. For questions regarding ticket availability, please contact the Managing Director at Elizabeth.Thompson@capal.org.

General Admission, 7pm $75 (by Friday, September 2, 11:59pm online), $85 at the door

Community Partner $65 (more information on the “Partners” tab above)

Online ticket purchases will close on Friday, October 14, 12pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

The CAPAL Ball will be held at Prequel (918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004). The nearest metro stop is Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station. Street and garage parking are available.

CAPAL would like to thank its sponsors and partners, host committee, speakers and everyone who is part of this year’s celebration. Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities by clicking on the tab above.

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Keynote Speaker

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Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations, and formerly a Board Member and Legal Counsel for CAPAL.

From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama; Senior Counsel to the President; and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In the White House Counsel’s Office, he was in charge of the selection, vetting and confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees, and he advised the President on commutations and executive clemency. In the Office of Legislative Affairs, Chris advocated for the Obama Administration’s initiatives in Congress. He led the legislative outreach and strategy for the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the Senate’s successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the reduction of the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. He also played a supporting role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Chris worked for seven years for U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL), as Director of Floor Operations, as Judiciary Committee Counsel handling constitutional and criminal justice issues, and as Counsel for labor issues.


VIP Speaker

KatieOyama headshot 5 1 2016 CAPAL Ball: Celebrate CommunityKatherine Oyama is Senior Policy Counsel for Google, where she focuses on copyright, creativity, and Internet law and policy.

From 2009 to 2011, she worked at the White House as Associate Counsel and Deputy Counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Prior to her government service, Katherine was a litigation associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr’s Washington office. She previously worked for a New York-based strategy consulting firm; Marc Andreessen’s Silicon Valley-based startup, LoudCloud; and a Washington-based public interest research organization. Katherine is a graduate of Smith College, where she graduated with High Honors in Government, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as Board Member and Co-Chair of Campus Affairs for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). She has testified before Congress on issues relating to copyright, trademark, and the internet economy.  Katherine is also a board member of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and serves on the advisory boards of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy and the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC).

Alumna Speaker

Headshot Disha Banik  e1474052032912 2016 CAPAL Ball: Celebrate CommunityDisha Banik recently moved from California to D.C. to start her career in public service. She is currently a Paralegal Specialist at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to the DOJ, she was a Tax Policy Intern with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Disha recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley, where she received her foundation for political-economic thinking and activism. In college she was involved in a number of campus organizations, advocating for issues like criminal justice reform, property tax reform, oil extraction taxation, and higher education funding. Disha was a CAPAL Scholar in 2015 and is now a proud CAPAL alumna. She hopes to encourage more AAPIs to actively shape American politics and to partake in setting our nation’s policy agenda.


Master and Mistress of Ceremonies

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Michael Dee is a current CAPAL board member and an associate at DLA Piper, where he practices commercial litigation.  He is also the Vice President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance D.C. lodge.  A California native, Michael attended the University of California, San Diego for college where he received a B.A. in Political Science and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.  While in college, Michael was an APAICS summer intern and worked as a Senate Doorkeeper at the U.S. Capitol.  After graduating, Michael attended Duke Law School and worked in a legal clinic dedicated to providing legal services for disabled individuals in North Carolina.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys stand-up comedy, traveling, cooking, surfing and snorkeling (although there is noticeable lack of ocean near Washington, D.C.), craft (and non-craft) beer, and unprofessionally critiquing movies.



Patel Headshot 2 2016 CAPAL Ball: Celebrate CommunityViraj Patel is a scholar practitioner in higher education student affairs whose roots are in student activism and social justice education. Currently serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, Viraj focuses on advocacy, wellness, access, leadership and mentorship programs for Asian and Asian Americans both on and off a college campus. Viraj is a skilled facilitator, advisor, and writer. She is also an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective and is a founding sister of NAPAWF-Philly. She is a proud past board member of CAPAL.





1602114 10201623078514877 1506283663 o 2016 CAPAL Ball: Celebrate CommunityChip Han is a 25 year old beatboxer, born and raised in South Korea. He currently resides in Virginia, and has been living in the states for seven years. He taught himself by studying videos online; his passion and dedication for the art has helped him to develop his already extraordinary skills. His string of achievements started with being the winner of Kollaboration DC 2010, the first Asian American talent competition in the DC, MD, and VA tri-state area. His accomplishments have not ceased since– he has won numerous competitions including Montgomery County’s Got Talent and is a highly sought performer at venues and festivals all over the east coast. Although he is a local celebrity, he continues to humbly perform on street corners and always strives to improve his beatboxing game. His abilities continue to evolve everyday and he hopes to continue being the walking, talking, and breathing human instrument that he has worked so hard to become today.



Community Leadership Awardee

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For the past 27 years, CAPAL has been able to make a great impact on the AANHPI community. However, none of this could have been done without the support of our many partners and sponsors. In order to properly honor their commitment to our community and organization, CAPAL has decided to launch our very first Community Leadership Award.

CAPAL aims to promote AANHPI interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the AANHPI community, and to serve the AANHPI community at large through its various programs offered throughout the year. The recipient of CAPAL’s Inagural Community Leadership Award truly supported and embraced CAPAL’s mission.

CAPAL is pleased to announce the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as the recipient of the award. NAB has been selected because of its strong commitment for and financial support of CAPAL and its mission to empower AANHPI youth. CAPAL would also like to recognize NAB’s advocacy in addressing the diverse legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today, as well as working to promote diversity, inclusion and expanding ownership and management opportunities for minorities and women.


Check back soon to learn more about our featured speakers and performers.

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Support CAPAL and the AANHPI community by becoming a sponsor for the 2016 CAPAL Ball. Reach our network of young professionals from the DC AANHPI community and the community at large to share information about your company, organization, service or event.


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Supporter • Jasmeet Ahuja • Jason Chang • Michael Dee • Suzanne Kim Doud Galli MD PhD FACS • Gary Le and Vanessa Dube • Ana Ma • Jeewon Serrato

Sponsorship Levels

Supporter $200

  • Gala and VIP reception admission for 1 person
  • Name listed on CAPAL Ball event pages on website (over 95,000 website visits annually)
  • Name listed in the CAPAL Ball program book


Sustainer $500

  • All benefits listed above PLUS
  • Gala and VIP reception admission for 2 people
  • Tagged mention in social media event outreach (over 2,500 Facebook followers and over 1,500 Twitter followers)
  • Small logo included on CAPAL Ball event pages on website
  • Half page ad included in CAPAL Ball program book


Benefactor $1,000+

  • All benefits listed above PLUS
  • Verbal recognition at the CAPAL Ball
  • Logo included in CAPAL Ball newsletters (over 900 subscribers and 42% open rate)
  • Full page ad in CAPAL Ball program book
  • Additional benefits may be available depending on the contribution amount. Please review our annual sponsorship levels here for more details.


Program Book Ads

Quarter Page 5.5″ x 2.125″ $50
Half Page 5.5″ x 4.25” $100
Full Page 5.5″ x 8.5″ $150
Requested format is PDF or TIFF format (300dpi at print size), color, no bleeds. Ads must be received by Friday, September 30 COB.

A portion of the sponsorship and/or program book ads are tax-deductible.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Managing Director Liz Thompson (elizabeth.thompson@capal.org) with any questions.

We are grateful for the support of our 2016 annual sponsors this year.

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Community Partners

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) • Ascend • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – Washington, D.C. Chapter • Lambda Phi Epsilon • The Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations • The Sejong Society of Washington, D.C.

CAPAL’s community partners are asked to commit to buying and/or selling 10 tickets at the $65 community partner ticket price, for a total commitment of $650. Community partners are listed on CAPAL Ball event pages, in CAPAL Ball newsletters and in our CAPAL Ball program book distributed at the event.

Please contact Managing Director Liz Thompson (elizabeth.thompson@capal.org) if you are interested in becoming a community partner.

Please sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates!

Champions Circle

Join our Champions Circle by contributing $1,000 annually and help us diversify our reach and draw even more talented students and young professionals to our programs.  Members receive benefits throughout the year and 2 complimentary tickets to the CAPAL Ball VIP Reception. Read more about the Champions Circle and make your donation here!

(Members as of August 2016) • Anonymous (2) • Jason Chang • Christine Chen • Eng Garcia Properties, LLC • Jeewon Kim • John H. Kim & Ki-Eun “Rachel” Oh • Hung Nguyen • John Trasvina • Chantale Wong • Lina Woo

Please contact Vice Chair of Development Jasmine Chan (jasmine.chan@capal.org) and Managing Director Liz Thompson (elizabeth.thompson@capal.org) with any questions.

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Leaders Circle

With your support, we’re growing our next generation of APA leaders. Help us keep moving for another 25 years by making a monthly pledge of $20 or more. You’ll receive year-round benefits including free or discounted admission to events and exclusive access to special tours and activities. Read more about the Leaders Circle and make your donation here!

(Members as of September 2016) • Anonymous (1) • Jasmeet Ahuja • Irene Bueno • Jasmine Chan • Michael Dee • Carrie Kagawa • June Kao • Gene & Judy Kim • Dan Lam • Ana Ma • Janet Namkung • Viraj Patel • Shiv Rawal • Betty Thompson • Alexander Tran • Alton Wang

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Please contact Vice Chair of Development Jasmine Chan (jasmine.chan@capal.org) and Managing Director Liz Thompson (elizabeth.thompson@capal.org) with any questions.