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2017 CAPAL Board Application

June 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - August 7, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

Thank you for your interest in joining the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)’s Board of Directors. 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.

CAPAL was founded in 1989 by seven AANHPI professionals in D.C. It has since grown from an all-volunteer nonprofit organization to one with two paid full-time staff and a board of early- to mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, and profession. CAPAL’s Board of Directors exists to provide foresight, oversight, and insight, governing the overall execution of the organization’s mission. Board members work alongside staff by providing guidance and support in order to ensure programmatic success. Board members also share responsibility with the Managing Director on key fundraising and operational activities and are expected to provide logistical assistance at events in a volunteer capacity, as needed. The members of the board contribute the management, organizational, strategic, financial, and legal skills required to sustain the long-term development and growth of CAPAL. Currently, the board is navigating a longer-term structural change: maturing from a working board toward a governing one.

General Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Actively engage in monthly board meetings and regular strategic planning meetings
  • Participate in two retreats annually, one scheduled over a weekend in the fall/winter and another mid-day retreat in the summer
  • Oversee fiscal and legal responsibilities, including determining budget allocations, program budgets, and staff salaries
  • Serve on at least one task force–which in the 2016-2017 term included the Scholarship & Internship, Washington Leadership Program, Development, Human Resources, and Board Management Task Forces–and fulfill its associated responsibilities
  • Serve as an ambassador for CAPAL by attending and supporting regular CAPAL programming
  • Support staff with programmatic planning and execution by engaging with program participants, i.e., serving as caPals (think “big sibs”), Community Action Project (CAP) advisors, and more
  • Leverage personal and professional networks to recruit program applicants and participants, volunteers, donors, and speakers
  • Check emails and other communications daily and respond within three days
  • Board members are expected to serve a minimum term of two years and may serve up to six years
  • Board members must be based in the D.C. metro area. Though the time commitment fluctuates throughout the year, members of the board can anticipate committing an average of 10 hours a week to CAPAL-related work. There is no compensation for this position, as it is a volunteer position.


  • Enthusiasm to accept and promote the mission, goals, and objectives of CAPAL
    Ability to contribute professional expertise, including nonprofit development, organizational change management, program evaluation, legal, and strategic planning skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capability in the community and a willingness to provide that expertise to the Board and its task forces
  • Willingness to provide personally significant financial support and to ask others in their networks for financial and in-kind support

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and two references in one PDF file to by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, August 7, 2017. Further guidance is provided below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Send any questions to the Board Management Task Force at

Cover Letter

Please describe your interest in the AANHPI community as it relates to CAPAL’s mission, the experience and skills you can contribute to CAPAL as a member of the board, your vision for participating in CAPAL, and the reasons you are interested in being a member of CAPAL’s board.


Please provide a copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae. Limit this to one page and include your current address, phone number, email address, and work information.


Please identify two professional references who can attest to your ability to successfully serve as a member of CAPAL’s Board of Directors. For each reference, list their name, relationship to you, employer, position or title, phone number, and email address


June 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am
August 7, 2017 @ 11:55 pm