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Legislative Leadership Academy



The APAICS Legislative Leadership 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 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) 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 training involves engaging sessions over the course of 4 different weekends between September and December. Participants are also access to private career coaches, professional development programming, and the broader APAICS network. Past highlights include speed networking with senior-level AA & NH/PI staffers, and group coffee chats with public servants such as former CalSTA Secretary David S. Kim.

Program Dates:

Session 1: September 9-10, 2023

Session 2: October 7-8, 2023

Session 3: November 4-5, 2023

Session 4: December 9-10, 2023

Program Times: TBA


Program Commitment: There are 4 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 are therefore flexible. In addition, prior to the program, there will be one-on-one introductory conversations with LEAP ranging from 30-45 minutes. 

Location: Virtual


Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 21, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET

Notification of Acceptance: Friday, July 28, 2023


Former or current Legislative Directors or Chief of Staffs (or other senior management role) can nominate candidates for the program. Nominations should be sent to with the name, position, and employer of the nominee.


Please reach out to for any questions.

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