What Makes Emerge CA Unique

Emerge California candidate training program works. This is how and this is what makes us unique. 

Emerge California’s signature training equips leaders with the resources, knowledge, connections and community of support necessary for a successful campaign for office. Since 2002, we have recruited, trained and supported over 800 Democratic self-identified women across California. When Emerge California alumnae run for office, they win nearly 70% of the time.

Today, more than 180 alumnae serve in elected office, including Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. During the 2020 Election Year, we saw more than 200 Emerge California alumnae on the ballot. 

Our candidate training program works. This is what makes us unique and why you should apply to train with Emerge California:
  • In-Depth Training: Emerge California offers the only long-term,  in-depth, intensive candidate training for Democratic self-identified women.
  • Holistic Training Approach: Emerge California’s program is holistic in its approach to training candidates, meaning we provide all the knowledge and resources you need — the “nuts and bolts” of being a candidate — to run a successful campaign. We address the issues, challenges and big questions you need to explore. And, we connect you to the leaders, elected officials, campaign experts and organizations you need to know as a Democratic candidate.

  • Training for Self-Identified Women: Running for office as a self-identified woman comes with a unique set of challenges, issues and hardships and we tackle these issues together. From addressing “imposter syndrome” to why fundraising is more challenging for self-identified women, we discuss and prepare you for the challenges that will come your way as a candidate. We also recognize and discuss the additional challenges that come with running for office as a woman from historically excluded communities in politics, including the New American Majority — Black, Brown and Indigenous women, women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and young and unmarried women.

  • Training with a Purpose: Our vision is a just and equitable world that has been reimagined and rebuilt by elected leaders who have the experience, passion and resolve to fight. We are intentional about recruiting Democratic self-identified women from groups that have been historically underrepresented in politics because we know they will bring their life experiences into elected office to make institutional change. This is why we train, and this is why we do so with this purpose in mind. Woven throughout the training curriculum is a focus on how to fight for racial justice and equity as a candidate and elected leader.

  • The Emerge Sisterhood: As an Emerge California program member, you become part of a sisterhood. This sisterhood is a circle of support, built by a community bonded together with a sense of purpose. It is often cited by Emerge California alumnae as the reason why they run for office, and the reason why they win. As you embark on one of the hardest journeys of your life as a candidate, it is the Emerge sisterhood that will be there for you along the way.

  • Alumnae Network: The Emerge California alumnae network is made up of more than 800 self-identified women who are seeking to make change. While many are doing so through elected office, others are doing so as commissioners, leaders within the California Democratic Party, advocates, CEOs, nonprofit executive directors, scientists, professors and leaders across every sector in the State of California. Once you graduate from the Emerge California training, you have the opportunity to connect with the entire alumnae network. Additionally, you will be connected to the national alumnae network through Emerge, our national partner.