Emerge California Events

Emerge California Scholarship Fund Event
Tuesday, March 23
5:00 – 6:00 PM PT
RSVP here

March, 23 2021
5:00 – 6:00 PM PT
Via Zoom, closed captioning provided

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Jarrett

Board Chair, Civic Nation and President, The Barack Obama Foundation

In conversation with Jordan Brooks
Executive Director, The United State of Women

Hear from Emerge California Class of 2020 Scholarship Recipients:
Mayor Sasha Renée Pérez, City of Alhambra
Mayor Ge’Nell Gary, City of Albany

Help us train the next generation of women leaders!

Since our founding in 2002, Emerge California has offered a Scholarship Program to ensure that any Democratic woman leader with the passion and commitment to run for office is able to train with us. The Scholarship Fund makes this possible!

This event is free and open to all, and registration is required. Register here!

Guests will be invited to support the Emerge California Scholarship Fund during the event. Can’t attend, or want to donate to the Scholarship Fund in advance? Support here!

Emerge Virtual Salon with DNC Chair Jaime Harrison
Wednesday, March 17
1:00 PM PT
$50 Alumnae & Young Professional Tickets
$100 Individual Tickets
Tickets here

Join our national partner organization Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar for a one-on-one conversation with the new Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison!

Jaime Harrison made history as both the first Black Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate when he ran against Lindsey Graham last year. Now, we’re excited to speak to our new Democratic National Committee Chair about the future of the Democratic Party, the New American Majority, and the role Emerge will play in making it all happen.


Emerge Lunar New Year Salon
Tuesday, February 16
1:00 PM PT
$50 Alumnae & Young Professional Tickets
$100 Individual Tickets
Tickets here

Our national partner organization Emerge is hosting a Virtual Salon to celebrate the Lunar New Year, hosted by our own Executive Director Melanie V. Ramil!

The year of the Ox signifies a year of hard work and positivity, traits Emerge alums exemplify. Emerge Maryland alumna Delegate Qi and Emerge California alumna Mayor Yow will discuss their experiences as Asian American women in politics, the importance of combating racial discrimination, and how we can uplift more women of color into leadership roles.

A fun post-event chatroom will allow attendees to network, share their thoughts on the salon, and get to know others in the Emerge network.

Class of 2021
Welcome Reception

Meet the new Emerge California
Class of 2021!

1.28.21 |  Virtual via Zoom

Join us in welcoming the Emerge California Class of 2021! RSVP here.

The Class of 2021 is comprised of 69 women from across the state who are ready to step up and run to lead their communities. We invite you to join us virtually to welcome the newest members of the Emerge California sisterhood.

The Annual Welcome Reception, a fundraiser for Emerge California, allows us to recruit, train and empower Democratic women leaders to serve in elected office.

Today, more than 200 Emerge California women serve in elected office, from statewide office and mayor to county supervisor and city council. Come meet your next elected official in the making and be part of this exciting movement!

Tickets and sponsorships available now. RSVP here.

Can’t make the Welcome Reception but want to support the Class of 2021 from afar?
Support from afar here.

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2020 Emerge Victorious Tour

Join Emerge California for our “2020 Emerge Victorious Tour,” a series of rallies for all the Emerge California alumnae who are currently running to make change in their communities! We will also be celebrating all the Emerge California women who have been leading and making impact in the region.

2020 Emerge Victorious Tour, “Capitol to Kern” Central Valley Rally
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | Zoom
5:00 – 6:00 PM
2020 Emerge Victorious Tour, Southern California Rally
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Zoom
5:00 – 6:00 PM
2020 Emerge Victorious Tour, Northern California Rally
Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Zoom
5:00 – 6:00 PM
ASL Language Interpreter provided at all three events.

RSVP today!


Join us on our 2021 Emerge California Recruitment Tour:
Answer the Call!

More info, schedule, and registration links here!


#EmergeStronger Interview
 June Diane Raphael

Actress (Grace and Frankie, Long Shot)
and author of 

Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running
for Office and Changing the World!

 6.23.20 | 12:30 PM PT | Zoom

Actress (Grace and Frankie, Long Shot) and author of 
Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World!

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration
Join us to celebrate the Class of 2020!
Northern California Cohort
6.20.20 | Zoom

Central Valley Cohort
6.21.20 | Zoom
Southern California Cohort
6.27.20 | Zoom 

Please join us for a virtual celebration of the unstoppable Class of 2020. This year’s class showed an incredible amount of grit, heart, resilience and passion, as they successfully completed their 6-month candidate training with Emerge California virtually and while impacted by a global crisis. In every way, the Class of 2020 demonstrated who they are as leaders. As our nation grapples with a public health crisis and the fight against racial injustice, we need them in elected office now more than ever.

To honor their hard work and commitment to service, and to introduce them as the newest alumnae to the Emerge California community, we will be hosting a Graduation Celebration for each regional cohort. You are welcome to join any of the celebrations. Each Graduation Celebration will feature a notable keynote speaker and remarks from each Class of 2020 program member!

We invite you to support Emerge California and the Class of 2020 by joining us virtually, or serving as one of our Graduation Sponsors. Guests may attend for free and have the option to contribute any amount in the name of a Class of 2020 Program Member.

REGISTER as a guest for free, or support our mission by registering as a Graduation Sponsor.

Can’t attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration but want to help sustain
Emerge California’s movement?
Support from afar today!

Postponement Notice

Annual Southern CA Reception
*New Date coming soon!*

After careful consideration, out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing the reception to respect those with concerns about the community spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). We will update the website in the coming weeks to confirm the *new* date for the 2020 Annual Southern California Reception.

Click here to read the full memo>>

Trailblazer Trivia Night
Join us for a fun evening of virtual trivia!
 5.13.20 |  Zoom

A special thank you to our Shirley Chisholm Sponsor, Emerge California Board Member and former Santa Barbara County Supervisor the Hon. Susan Rose for making this event possible.

Emerge California women are trailblazers and they are showing true leadership during this unprecedented time. Over 100 Emerge California alumnae are currently in elected office, working harder than ever and taking bold action on behalf of their communities.

Join Emerge California for an evening of “Trailblazer Trivia” to help sustain our movement and ensure compassionate, strong and bold Democratic women continue to run and win elected office across California.

Class of 2020
Welcome Reception

Meet the new Emerge California
Class of 2020!

1.25.20 |  Oakland

Join us as we welcome nearly 70 women from across the state into the Emerge California candidate training program. Meet the new class of 2020, and fellow Emerge California Alumnae and elected officials!

Over 100 Emerge California alumnae hold elected office, from school board to the state legislature. Come meet your next elected official in the making and show your support for Emerge California!

The Honorable Malia Cohen, Chair of the State Board of Equalization, will be joining us to welcome the Class of 2020. After training with Emerge California, she made her way through the political pipeline and knows what it takes to run!

Breaking Barriers Brunch Reception
9.22.19 | San Francisco

Join us this fall as we come together to celebrate the 92 Emerge California alumnae who ran for office in 2018, recognize those who broke barriers in their races, and commit to work together to continue to elevate Democratic women in elected office in California. Enjoy an open-air rooftop reception designed for mixing and mingling.

Meet Emerge California Welcome Reception
9.10.19 | San Jose

Join hosts Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and California Water Commissioner and Emerge California Advisory Council Member Teresa Alvarado in welcoming the incoming Executive Director Melanie V. Ramil, and Northern California Program Director/Director of Development Sierra DeSalvia.

Learn about Emerge California from staff and alumnae and find out how you can get involved.

Annual Capitol Reception
A New Day
5.14.19 | Sacramento

Celebrate new women leaders across the state, new leadership at Emerge California, and a new status quo in the making! Welcome the new Central Valley Class of 2019!