About

Emerge California is the premier training program for Democratic women who want to run for office


We inspire women to run,
we hone their skills to win!


Since 2003 Emerge California has trained over 500 women
• 50% of our graduates have run for office, 65% won their political races
• 92 of our graduates were on the ballot in 2018 and 56 won

Emerge California is the premier candidate training program for Democratic women who want to run for office in California. Founded in 2003, Emerge California has been changing the face of California politics by recruiting and training women to run for public office and win, by providing comprehensive training and access to a powerful network.

Our intensive 5-month, 70-hour training is the only one of its kind in the state and includes top-flight instruction on fundraising, field work, communications and more. We offer the training programs in Northern California, Southern California and the Central Valley.

Alumnae include Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, to name a few.