Legislative Leadership Academy




The APAICS Legislative Leaders Academy, in partnership with the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), is a leadership development program for mid-senior level legislative staffers (Legislative Correspondent or Legislative Assistant level) of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. The program will provide participants the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, deepen their confidence, strengthen professional relationships, and build community in order to pursue senior management roles such as Legislative Director, Chief of Staff, Committee Staff Director, or Communications Director.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have previous or current experience in an entry to mid level legislative role (e.g. Legislative Assistant, Legislative Aide, Legislative Correspondent) at any level of government. Preference will be given to applicants of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. 

Program Details and Structure

The program will begin virtual with the possibility of shifting to in-person program depending on local guidelines. There will be five highly interactive weekend sessions that will  cover topics in leadership and professional development, a special feature of this program is one-on-one coaching with a certified executive coach for each program participant.  Other program features include special guest speakers and a team-based group project. The program is free of charge and follows House and Senate ethics rules. This year’s program will start in March 2022 and end in June 2022. 


Note: APAICS and LEAP will continuously monitor Covid restrictions and case numbers. If the program shifts into an in-person program, participants will be required to be in Washington, D.C. for each session. In addition, participants may also be required to follow protocols including but not limited to wearing a mask for the duration of the training, providing proof of vaccination, providing proof of a negative Covid test, and practicing social distancing guidelines. 

Program Dates:

Session 1: March 26th and 27th (Virtual)

Session 2: May 14th and 15th (tentative in person*)

Session 3: June 25th and 26th (tentative in person*)

*Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination if we meet in person.

Program Times: 10am - 1pm EST on Saturday, 11am-2pm EST on Sunday


Program Commitment: There are 3 weekend sessions, separate coaching sessions, and additional professional development events with guest speakers. The separate coaching sessions are scheduled according to the participant’s schedule and thus flexible. In addition, prior to the program, there will be one-on-one introductory conversations with LEAP ranging from 30-45 minutes. 

Location: Virtual training on Zoom with location TBA depending on Covid restrictions and social distancing guidelines.


Deadline to Apply: Closed

Notification of Acceptance: March 18, 2022


Former or current Legislative Directors or Chief of Staffs (or other senior management role) can nominate candidates for the program.