APALF Leadership and Candidate Training Bootcamp

The APALF Leadership and Candidate Training Bootcamp has served as the premier training program for Asian Pacific American political candidates since 2003. The APALF Bootcamp program has an unparalleled track record of success and has helped to launch the careers in public service for many of the APA community’s top political stars.

The Bootcamp is a two-weekend program that includes hands-on skills-building activities with top political consultants and dialogue with elected officials and political leaders.

Training topics include:
  1. Leadership development
  2. Media relations
  3. Coalition building
  4. Grassroots organizing
  5. Message development and delivery

Participants are selected based on community involvement, commitment to public service and their ability to seek and win public office. For applicants already serving in public office, the APALF Bootcamp will help prepare them for greater roles and potentially advance to higher elected or appointed office.

Click here to view Alumni of APALF Leadership and Candidate Training Bootcamp.

Program Goals

  1. Encourage APAs to be active leaders in their local communities.
  2. Provide APA leaders with the tools and skills to make contributions to American civic life.
  3. Train current and future APA leaders for public service.
  4. Prepare APAs for elected and appointed office.
  5. Serve as a resource to APA public officials and community organizations.


APALF looks for candidates who have a genuine concern for their community and would like to serve in a leadership capacity. Strong consideration will be given to individuals that help achieve a geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity balance.
Individuals should have:
  1. A strong desire to run for public office
  2. Public service experience within their community
  3. A history of involvement with community or volunteer organizations
  4. A genuine interest and concern for the Asian Pacific American community
  5. Demonstrated leadership or active community involvement in their professional, academic or private life


100% participation: Participants must attend ALL of the training sessions
APALF expects all participants to arrive on time, stay for the entire session and actively participate in all activities.


The cost is $500. Program cost is applied to meals, hotel stay and training materials. Participants are expected to pay for their own transportation costs.

Next APALF Leadership and Candidate Training Bootcamp:
Session 1: April 27 & 28, 2019
Session 2: May 18 & 19, 2019

(Session 1 will take place in San Jose and Session 2 in Los Angeles)
A hard copy application is available for download.
Applications can be filled out and submitted online.