The Leadership Sustainability Program

The Leadership Sustainability Program is a three-year program that provides customized technical support to a total of four Southeast Asian American organizations, or groups, per year in order to diversify and expand the leadership capacity of staff, board members, and volunteers. In addition, the program helps these organizations sustain leadership assets within the organization or community and cultivates a pipeline for new leaders. As part of this program, SEARAC holds leadership meetings, open to the broader community, to engage Southeast Asian American community leaders in dialogues and skills-building.

SEARAC’s technical support includes helping organizations to define and develop organizational leadership ethos, establishing processes to promote and build leadership skills of all members in the organization, creating plans for leadership succession, and putting in place leadership transition strategies and policies. 

This project is targeted to assist Southeast Asian American organizations or groups operating in the following counties in California: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare.

The four selected organizations for the first year are:

In addition to working individually with each organization to address its leadership needs, SEARAC held two leadership discussions in the past year, one in Modesto hosted by the Bridge, and one in Fresno hosted by Stone Soup. 

The first discussion engaged community members from the Lao, Hmong, and Cambodian community in Modesto to address challenges around international leadership.  Participants included youths, professionals, laborers, farmers, and elders. They expressed that it was the first time in Modesto that a venue was created for Southeast Asian Americans had come together and to discuss a much needed issue regarding the future of the community.

The second discussion in Fresno focused on bringing Southeast Asian American professionals together to address leadership sustainability for Southeast Asian American professionals. Community members who attended included newly graduated students, educators, local and state employees, staffers of government offices, nonprofit professionals and community volunteers. The discussion served as a vehicle for networking, linking young professionals with experienced ones, and sharing of ways to create a supportive space to foster and engage new leadership.

The Leadership Sustainability Program is supported by the Packard, Irvine, and Hewlett Foundations. Our program is part of a larger collaborative of programs called the Community Leadership Project. To learn more, click here.