Selected applicants must meet the following requirements:
Commitment to running for identified local political office in the next few years
Anticipated ability to perform well as a candidate following Emerge’s training
Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings
Residence in the program region they are applying to
Scoring criteria for selection to the program are listed below. Emerge California understands that the strengths and weakness of each program applicant varies.
Evidence of political experience and leadership potential
Meaningful involvement in community seeking to represent/with subject matter of office (e.g. education for school board)
Demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal, previous leadership roles, etc.
Existing networks & ability to build necessary political coalition
Demonstrated commitment to public service
Ability to articulate a personal political vision
Professional written and oral communications/presentation
Ability to inspire others
Past experience and anticipated aptitude for fundraising
Emerge California anticipates selecting a Northern California cohort of between 20-25 women, a Southern California cohort of between 20-25 women and a Central Valley cohort of between 20-25 women who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be elected officials.
Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all who identify as women (both cis and transgender women) regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability status, or other such characteristics.