Record Number of Emerge California Alumnae Elected to Office

  • Dec 11, 2020
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Record Number of Emerge California
Alumnae Elected to Office
More than 100 Emerge California Alumnae Elected in 2020


For Immediate Release
December 11, 2020
Contact: Melanie V. Ramil; (916) 396-6153

Sacramento, CA — Emerge California today announced that more than 100 alumnae of their signature candidate training program – which empowers Democratic self-identified women leaders to run for elected office – won their elections in 2020. In total, more than 170 Emerge California women were on the ballot this year, all of whom changed the conversation by elevating issues that matter most to their communities.

“Emerge California is committed to empowering Democratic women leaders to run and win at every level of office because when we change the face of politics, we secure a more equitable and just future for us and future generations. We are so proud of the 107 Emerge California victories up and down the state, and of all of the 177 Emerge California women on the ballot this year who remain committed to investing in and fighting for their communities,” said Emerge California Executive Director Melanie V. Ramil.

With these victories, many of which were historic, Emerge California alumnae are changing the face of elected office across the state. In 2020, 21 Emerge California women will be serving as trailblazers – the first Black woman, first Latina woman, first Asian American woman, youngest woman – for their councils and districts. Of the Emerge California women who won seats to local office, from Mayor to special district boards, 57 are women who have never been elected previously and will bring a new voice and perspective to their roles. 22 Emerge California incumbents won re-election, a clear message that they have the trust and confidence of their communities.


Emerge California is the premier candidate training program for Democratic women who want to run for elected 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 6-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, State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, to name a few. For more information, go to