What We Do

Emerge California Trains Democratic Women to Run for Office

Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.

Our Mission: To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.

Our Vision: To change the face of power, politics and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all Americans.


Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging self-identified women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based five-month training program is unique. 

California became a state in 1850 but has yet to elect a female Governor. Despite being more than 50% of the population, currently, only 30% of California state legislators are women. 

A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin. Emerge California is changing that—Emerge California alumnae win nearly 70% of the time when they do run for office!

Emerge California offers an in-depth, six-month, 70-hour training program that provides aspiring women leaders, who are Democratic self-identified women in the State of California, with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.

In addition, the Emerge program provides our alumnae with a strong, supportive national network of women in politics, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.