Washington Leadership Program

Join us as we investigate what public service truly encapsulates in our 2016 season of CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program (WLP) “Redefining Public Service.” WLP has been the only educational and leadership development working series in Washington for interns and young professionals to learn about issues facing the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, explore careers in public service, and share their stories. Sessions include panel discussions as well as skills-based simulations. Each session is meant to be participatory

2016 Washington Leadership Program Planning Committee Soo Koo • Amy Wantanabe • Krystal Ka’Ai • Irene Lin • Rebecca Lee • Gita Ram • Daniel Jung • YLan Nguyen • Shiv Rawal • Justin Trinidad • Mai Ichihara • Tiffany Hsieh • Sam Cho • Carrie Kagawa • Christian Edlagan • Alton Wang • Elizabeth Thompson


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2016 WLP Sessions: Redefining Public Service


2015 WLP Sessions     (Give us your feedback HERE)


2014 WLP Sessions

  • Session I: Opening Ceremony
  • Session II: Immigration
  • Session III: Race Relations
  • Session IV: Coalition Building
  • Session V: Mental Health
  • Session VI: Career Reflections
  • Session VII: Closing Ceremony


2013 WLP Sessions

CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program seminars afforded me invaluable opportunities to consolidate my knowledge of various political issues, such as immigration reform and economic policy developments. Of course, this is to say nothing of the fellow interns, board members, and other professionals I met through the program, whose camaraderie and wisdom enlivened my DC stay in countless manners. Needless to say, this summer isn’t one I’m likely to forget anytime soon.

– Katherine Tu, University of Chicago—Sustainable Operations, Forest Service, USDA

The Washington Leadership Program gave me valuable insight to various aspects of our nation’s politics and gave me the chance to meet several inspirational individuals. Being a part of the CAPAL family made this summer memorable.

-Sara Yang, University of Georgia—Food Surveys Research Group, Agricultural Research Service, USDA