Join CAPAL’s Board of Directors


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 non-profit 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.

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 spring
  • Oversee fiscal and legal responsibilities, including determining budget allocations, program budgets, and staff salaries
  • Serve on at least one task force–which in the 2018-2019 term included the Programs, Branding, 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, when necessary
  • Leverage personal and professional networks to recruit program applicants and participants, volunteers, donors, and speakers
  • Check emails and other communications daily and respond in a timely manner

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 5-10 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

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 7, 2019, by 11:59 pm. Complete an application form here.

The application is comprised of 24 questions that range from checkboxes to short answers regarding employment history, education history, interest in CAPAL, etc.

Send any questions to the Board Management Task Force at