Boot Camps

Emerge California Boot Camps


Designed specifically for current candidates, Emerge California Boot Camps give self-identifying Democratic women the skills and support they need to elevate their campaigns. Top political strategists and trainers will provide attendees with the campaign tools needed to win, including training sessions and guidance on fundraising, field strategy, communications and storytelling, all within 3 days together.

Attendees who complete the Boot Camp are considered Emerge California alumnae and will have access to alumnae resources, such as the Emerge California Alumnae Directory, the opportunity to meet with the Campaign Advisory Team, and the opportunity to participate in future Emerge California continuing education sessions and activities.

Emerge California 2018 Boot Camp Alumna, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis:
“Emerge California’s Boot Camp was a very valuable experience during my campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and I am proud to be the first Emerge California alumna elected to statewide office! As part of Emerge’s sisterhood, I am constantly inspired by the leadership, friendship and inspiration that is part of this amazing network. I encourage every woman running for office to apply to the Boot Camp!”


The application for our

2021 Legislative Boot Camp is now closed.

Please see information below about our
national partner Emerge boot camps for
local office in 2021 and our
Class of 2022 Signature 6-month
Candidate Training Program.


2021 Legislative Boot Camp
August 20 – 22, 2021

We are offering our first-ever Legislative Boot Campspecifically tailored for those currently running for the California State Legislature and United States Congress!

If you have any questions, email us

  • A message to current candidates for local office:
    Emerge California will NOT be offering a candidate boot camp in 2022. If you are a current candidate for local office and wish to participate in a boot camp in 2021, we are excited to share that our national partner Emerge is offering boot camps for local office in 2021. The deadline for the last National Boot Camp of the year is July 5, 2021. Graduates of Emerge national boot camps will be considered Emerge California alumna. Click here for more information.

  • A note to people who plan to run for office in the next 1-3 years:
    If you plan to run for office in the next 1-3 years and are not currently a candidate or about to launch your campaign, we strongly encourage you to apply for our Signature 6-month Candidate Training Program. Applications for the Emerge California Class of 2023 will open this summer. Click here for the Class of 2023 Interest Form to stay updated on the application process!