About the International Leadership Foundation – Our Mission 

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the civic engagement, leadership empowerment, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA, including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders) community to enhance the representation of diversity in our country. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics through a network of business and community leaders. Our mission is accomplished through civic leadership training and support from the ILF’s network of 15 national and global advisory boards. Since 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and educational programs (ILF Civic Fellowship program, Young Ambassadors program, Youth Leadership Academy/Workshop) to over 7,000 students to cultivate the next generation of emerging leaders.

Transparency & Management Excellence

ILF has been approved by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) since 2012 due to ILF’s transparency and excellent management. The CFC was created under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management by President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 “Charitable Fundraising” executive order 12353, in an effort to encourage federal workers, retirees, and government contractors to be more proactive in charitable giving. Potential donors can find ILF from the “Catalog of Caring” published by the CFC , or by searching ILF’s CFC #24372 at http://www.cfcnca.org/donors/charity-search.

ILF Civic Fellowship Program

The ILF Civic Fellowship is the nation’s most prestigious civic leadership development program, designed specifically to foster the next generation of APA leaders. Supported by current leaders, the Fellowship aims to teach outstanding APA college students from across the nation through its own unique training. It has two themes: strengthen your policy interests and cultivate your leadership potential and skills, and one goal: be a public interest-driven leader for communities. Fellows learn how politics, the policy-making process, and public service are integrated in governance and how to make government work for the community. ILF Civic Fellowship provides a 8- to 10-week public service internship at federal agencies, scholarships, a federal job fair, and a variety of seminars and workshops on civic engagement and career, personal, and leadership development.

Leadership and Business Conference

The luncheon is co-hosted by the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations (CAABO). Over 200 attendees are expected to attend, including APA elected officials, entrepreneurs, community leaders, international business delegates, international students, and ILF Fellows. The luncheon and following networking session is to promote our own national network of Asian American Chambers of Commerce, business organizations, and entrepreneurs dedicated to the economic empowerment and growth of APA businesses – nationally and internationally – and to connect them to each other. Including ILF Fellows, future national and global APA leaders will have a chance to learn about the legacy the leaders have established and ILF Fellows will discuss how scholarships have impacted their life and career.

Awards and Scholarship 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 Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Honorary ILF Chairman; the Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader; Senator Mazie Hirono; Members of Congress Ed Royce, Judy Chu, Doris Matsui, Grace Meng and Amata Radewagen; Chris Lu, former Deputy Secretary of Labor; Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; Ambassador Sichan Siv, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N; Yoshimi Inaba, Executive Chairman of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Kanwal Rekhi, Founder of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) organization; international film star Jackie Chan; David Ho, prominent AIDS researcher; Toby Dawson, Olympic medalist and Todd Park, former US Chief Technology Officer.

(Updated July 2017)

ILF Intro Video by 2015 Fellow Calvin Su