Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Linda Akutagawa, President and CEO

Founded 32 years ago, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for API communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf.

LEAP’s core strategic approach

  • Developing People, because leaders are made not born and need to be at the decision-making table;
  • Informing Society, because leaders need to know the issues and be a voice for the communities they are representing or advocating for;
  • Empowering Communities, because strong leaders give back to and are grounded in strong, vibrant communities.

Read more on LEAP's "What We Do" page.