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The Summer Closing Ceremony is an annual tradition that celebrates the accomplishments of CAPAL’s scholar and intern class for the year, signaling the end of CAPAL’s summer activities. The Closing Ceremony features a keynote speaker and allows CAPAL’s scholars and interns to briefly present their Community Action Projects, collaborative projects they have completed over the summer that produce a product that serves a community need. Guests for the Closing Ceremony include young professionals and other members from the DC Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, as well as CAPAL’s government and private funders. This is an invite-only, cocktail attire event with approximately 200 guests. Dinner will be served.

VIP Reception Speaker

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Jasmeet Kaur Ahuja is a lawyer at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet served numerous arms of the U.S. government in developing defense and foreign relations policy. Early in her career, Jasmeet managed a national cybersecurity task force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, she assisted in developing and managing the department’s priorities and assessing its capabilities in science and technology. Later, she served as the Director of South Asia for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, where she implemented the department’s security commitments across the region and managed the distribution of over US$300 million in defense contracts. Most recently, Jasmeet served as the Professional Staff Member responsible for South Asia for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In this role, she drafted legislation that continues to define our relationship with Pakistan and facilitated passage of legislation granting congressional consent to civilian nuclear cooperation with India.

Jasmeet clerked for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jasmeet graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, and earned a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Sikh Coalition, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Project2049, and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia.

General Reception Speaker

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Theodore D. Chuang serves as a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland and sits at the United States Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland. Judge Chuang was nominated by President Obama on September 25, 2013 and received his commission on May 2, 2014.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Chuang served in the Obama Administration as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2011 to 2014 and as Associate General Counsel of DHS from 2009 to 2011. In 2009, he served as Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From 2004 to 2007, Judge Chuang was in private practice in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

From 1998 to 2004, Judge Chuang served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. From 1995 to 1998, he served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C. Judge Chuang began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Throughout his career, Judge Chuang has been active in professional and community organizations. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a legal services organization serving low income, limited English proficient Asian Americans and immigrants in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, as President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, President-Elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Judge Chuang is the first Asian American federal judge appointed to serve in Maryland or in any of the states within the Fourth Circuit.

Judge Chuang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and received his B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard College in 1991. He was born in Media, Pennsylvania and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Opens at 5:30pm

VIP Reception, 6-7pm $85 Regular | $70 CAPAL Alumni | $60 CAPAL Leaders Circle Members

General Admission, 7-9pm $60 Regular | $50 CAPAL Alumni | $35 CAPAL Leaders Circle Members

Please contact CAPAL Managing Director Liz Thompson ( to inquire about tickets.


Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, Tondorf Rd, Washington, DC 20007

VIP Reception | Bulldog Tavern

General Reception | Great Room

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
Council of Korean Americans (CKA)
Jacqueline Jin
Jasmeet Ahuja
Michael Dee

John Kusano
Paul Igasaki

Gary and Vanessa Le
Nueva Vista Group LLC
Rebecca Lee
Seven Seas Export
Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
US-Asia Institute
USDA Rural Development

Thank you to Harris Plus Printers for sponsoring CAPAL’s Community Action Project (CAP) with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)




Support CAPAL and the AANHPI community by becoming a sponsor for the 2017 Summer Closing Ceremony. 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.

Sponsorship Levels

Supporter $200

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

Sustainer $500

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

Benefactor $1,000+

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

Please RSVP by Friday, July 14. Due to limited seating, CAPAL cannot guarantee spots after that date.

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, July 7 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 ( with any questions.