The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is an all-volunteer, educational and professional organization, which has created both student-focused and professional development programs aimed at building leadership and public policy knowledge the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
In 1989, CAPAL was founded with the goal of increasing APA participation in government. In response to the low numbers of APAs in the public sector, the founding members of CAPAL came together to establish a forum to engage and inform the next generation of young leaders. CAPAL has now graduated over 1,700 interns and young professionals from the Washington Leadership Program and has awarded over $50,000 in internship scholarships. Today, CAPAL continues as a nonpartisan network of over 600 public policy professionals and as an organization dedicated to attracting young APAs into public policy careers through nationwide outreach and education.