The Annual CALNET Leadership Retreat, initiated in 2014, is a two-day conference that brings together a select group
of AAPI elected and appointed leaders, key decision-makers, policy experts, political strategists, and business leaders.
This exclusive invite-only retreat allows attendees the rare opportunity to connect and openly exchange ideas with
other key leaders in an intimate setting. Each year CALNET Leadership Retreats convenes nearly 100 of the state’s
leading AAPI elected leaders for skill building, leadership training, policy discussions, and sharing best practices.

UNITED AS ONE: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the AAPI Community

We are expanding our outreach to invite AAPI elected and appointed officials nationwide to discuss taking our annual
retreat “national” to build a larger network of AAPI leaders from across the nation. NALEO (National Association of
Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) is providing advice and assistance in this effort.


This year’s CALNET will feature prominent elected leaders and key AAPI officials from President Biden’s
Administration, as well as state and local government officials from California and throughout the country.

Special Guest Speakers, include:

  • Hon. Alex Padilla*, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Tammy Duckworth*, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Judy Chu, U.S. Congressmember, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Hon. Grace Meng,* U.S. Congressmember, First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Hon. Ted Lieu,* U.S. Congressmember
  • Hon. Mark Takano,* U.S. Congressmember
  • Hon. Rob Bonta, California Attorney General
  • Hon. William Tong*, Connecticut Attorney General
  • Hon. Fiona Ma, California Treasurer
  • Hon. Bee Nguyen (ret.)*, Georgia State Senator
  • Hon. Todd Gloria, Mayor, City of San Diego
  • Hon. Sheng Thao, Mayor, City of Oakland
  • Hon. Michelle Wu*, Mayor, City of Boston
  • Ambassador Katherine Tai*, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Julie Su*, Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Ambassador Chantel Wong*, U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank