Postponing Washington Leadership Program “Democracy 2020: Making It Work”


June 18, 2020


Yesterday, valued members of our community raised concerns about our Washington Leadership Program on Democracy 2020: Making It Work. In order to meaningfully recognize and respond thoughtfully to these concerns, we decided to postpone the session.


To those who were looking forward to this discussion, and to our speakers who prepared at length to share their perspectives on this important topic, we apologize for the last-minute change. We commit to better communicating with our participants moving forward. 


CAPAL is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides opportunities and resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) emerging leaders to pursue careers in public service. In service of our mission, we host the Washington Leadership Program each year to cover a broad range of timely and thought-provoking topics that affect AANHPIs. 


In light of the concerns we received around our most recent WLP session, CAPAL staff and its Board of Directors are committed to listening to and addressing the feedback from our community. In particular, we are grateful to our alumni community—comprised of former staff, Board of Directors, Scholars, and Interns—for continuing to engage with CAPAL and contributing to our efforts to put forward the most engaging and enriching programming for our students and the broader AANHPI community. 


As a first step, we will be holding a forum for our alumni community to express their feedback, suggestions and questions, in the hope that those who have directly engaged with CAPAL can help inform the organization’s mission and programming moving forward. Alumni who are interested in participating may sign up here. In the meantime, we invite the broader community to share suggestions and feedback directly to CAPAL staff and Board of Directors at