Announcing the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program Participants

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a three-part, six-month program designed to build nonprofit organizational capacity by developing Asian and Pacific Islander (API) staff for future and current leadership and management roles in nonprofit organizations as well as increasing the retention of APIs who are committed to working in the nonprofit sector. The program provides 16 participants each year with an opportunity to receive 80 hours of leadership development training and 6 hours of executive coaching.


2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program participants:

’Alohi Bikle, Papa Ola Lokahi (Honolulu, HI)
Mee Cheng-Melo, HealthEast (St. Paul, MN)
Kelly Honda, Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Eric Horvath, Woodcock Foundation (New York, NY)
Carro Hua, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Dorchester, M)
han Huang, Womankind (New York, NY)
Stephanie Lowe, Teach for America (Chicago, IL)
Heang Ly, The Center for Teen Empowerment (Boston, MA)
Kham Moua, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates (Washington, DC)
Eria Myers, Pacific Asian Counseling Services (Long Beach, CA)
Linda Reyes, Social Justice Learning Institut (Los Angeles, CA)
Julia Millan Shaw, Asian Arts Initiatives (Philadelphia, PA)
Ting Kerry Situ, Chinatown Service Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Veronica Thao, People's Center Health Services (Minneapolis, MN)
Va’atausili Tofaeono, American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (Pago Pago, American Samoa)
Alisi Tulua, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (Los Angeles, CA)
Mao Vue, Asian Services in Action, Inc. (Cleveland, OH)
Kevin Vuong, The Agency for Public and Social Innovation (Toronto, ON, Canada)


On November 21, 2017 LEAP celebrated the program with future participants of the ELP, LEAP alumni, staff, board members, supporters, and Coca-Cola at Wolf and Crane in Los Angeles, California.


Last year’s cohort shared the following testimonials with LEAP at the end of the program:

“They say "love is in the details" and this program was full of love. From the care in our emotional wellbeing to making sure we were physically comfortable. The program was so seamless and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this group.”

“I strongly believe that LEAP guided me through a big trajectory in my personal and professional life. This meant that I had to work through a lot of my insecurities and anxieties, but it is so thrilling to feel positive about my contributions and strengths and not feel sheepish about it.”

“I feel like I just gained a big supportive family. I love the encouragement, support, feedback...etc that is continuing. Just knowing that my amazing cohort is right there really has been helpful as I begin to get ready for the next chapter.”


This year, the program will be held from December 11, 2017 – March 22, 2018.


The Emerging Leaders program is sponsored by:


The Coca-Cola Foundation


Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Emerging Leaders Program