About Us


Our Mission

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline.



CAPAL envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.


We address systemic barriers to careers in public service by connecting AANHPI youth with opportunities, knowledge, and resources to become leaders and influential decision-makers.

We strive to cultivate a vibrant AANHPI community that fosters a culture of mutual support and belonging.

We celebrate the diversity of the AANHPI community and empower the authentic participation of all individuals.

We advance a society that is fair, just, and that rectifies systemic or historic barriers-both within and beyond the AANHPI community. We tailor our resources and approaches to broader context and circumstances.

We uphold an unwavering commitment to strong ethics and morals throughout all aspects of CAPAL: decision-making, operations, fundraising, partnerships, and communications.


As the former Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I cannot stress how instrumental CAPAL has been in cultivating the next generation of leaders. Through their education and leadership training program, CAPAL is assuring that the interests of the Asian Pacific American community will be honored for years to come.”

– Mike Honda, Former U.S. Congressman (CA-17)

“We should all take pride in CAPAL’s work – in bringing together Asian Pacific American professionals in the DC area, in building opportunities for all of us to work together, and especially in helping to develop our future leadership.”

– Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation