Legislative Leadership Academy




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

About LEAP

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 with a vision of diverse leaders shaping communities for the benefit of all supported by its mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.   

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 consist of three highly interactive weekend sessions; each session is 6 hours total and will take place over the course of 2 days. In addition to covering relevant 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 October 2021.


Program Duration: October – December, 2021 

Program Dates:

  • Session 1: October 2-3, 2021

  • Session 2: November TBD

  • Session 3: December TBD

Program Times: Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM ET and Sunday 11 AM - 2 PM ET

Program Commitment: The 3 weekend sessions (18 hours), separate coaching sessions (6 hours), and additional events with guest speakers (3-6 hours) total to a commitment of 27-30 hours over the course of 3 months. The separate coaching sessions are scheduled according to the participant’s schedule and thus flexible.

Location: Virtual training on Zoom

Deadline to Apply: July 30, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: August 20, 2021





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