The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the civic awareness, public involvement and economic effectiveness of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders, and to expose emerging leaders in other Pacific Rim countries to the American perspective in business, education and policy.


Since 2000 ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for over a thousand select APA college students nation-wide. It prepares the young generation to become leaders in the public, business, academic, community and professional arenas. It includes the Civic Fellowship Program, Youth Leadership Academy, Washington Leadership Program, Emerging Leaders Public Forum and International Exchange Program. It is comprised of an exciting series of internships, leadership training, lectures, seminars and discussions on topics ranging from international relations to public diplomacy and the legislative process.

The Civic Fellowship Program is the most prestigious APA civic leadership development program. Each Fellow participates in a supervised training program, including a public service internship to learn how to network and access government and shape public policy to help the community. ILF has a network of national and global advisory boards and committees comprised of professional, civic, business and community leaders. Each Chapter and committee hosts leadership training and youth development conferences. ILF also help sponsor over thousands additional college students each year for the Washington leadership program in conjunction with other leading APA organizations.

ILF’s international exchange program for the next generation of international young leaders provides an American perspective on global business and public policy in our changing world. Future leaders from Asia come to network with ILF fellows and participate in a leadership training program and global internship in Washington D.C. and the Northeast region.

Each year, ILF hosts a national business and leadership conference, comprised of various events, policy discussions, and meetings in Washington D.C. with Members of Congress and other high-ranking officials. This conference also includes a Global Strategic Economic Forum, Business to Business matchmaking and the ILF’s annual scholarship and awards gala. ILF also promotes and recognizes exemplary contributions to the APA community by individuals and organizations. Past Awards Gala honorees and speakers include the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation and former Secretary of Labor; The Honorable Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Honorary ILF Chairman; Mitch McConnell, US Senate Majority Leader; Minority leader Nancy Pelosi; Senator Maze Hirono; Members of Congress Judy Chu, Grace Meng, Ted Lieu and Amata Radewagen; Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China; Yoshimi Inaba, Executive Chairman of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc; Kanwal Rekhi, Founder of TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs organization; international film star Jackie Chan; David Ho, prominent AIDS researcher; and Toby Dawson, Olympic medalist.

(Updated October 2018)