Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging self-identified Democratic women to run for office and win. We offer an in-depth, six-month, 70-hour candidate training program that provides aspiring women leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system. Training sessions cover everything from fundraising and field game to communications, storytelling and running a culturally competent campaign.
Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they do not have enough experience, or they do not know where to begin. While women make up more than half of the population, women hold only 30% of seats in the California State Legislature and in local seats across the state.
Emerge California’s premier candidate training program has proven tremendously effective in increasing these numbers. Since 2002, Emerge California has trained 550 women. Over half of them run for office just years after graduating from Emerge California’s premier candidate training program, and when Emerge California alumnae run for office, they win nearly 70% of the time. Its success spurred the founding of Emerge America, our national partner that focuses on replicating the Emerge model across the nation – there are currently 30 Emerge affiliates in the United States.
Today, 100 Emerge California alumnae hold elected office throughout the state, including Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott.
Emerge California Digital Office Volunteers support projects and work of Emerge California that can be performed remotely. Digital Office Volunteers will support all the operations and programs of Emerge California, from fundraising and development to recruitment and the training program, and communications and alumnae engagement.
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Overview – Emerge California Fellows Program
Emerge California Fellows will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the candidate training program, including training program logistics, recruitment and selection of the program class, alumnae relations and tracking, and communications. Fellows will be an integral part of the Emerge California team and will gain experience working with all aspects of the organization, and will report directly to a Regional Program Director. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, strong communicator who is passionate about electing Democratic self-identified women to office!
We are seeking three Fellows for our inaugural Fellows Class of 2019-20: Southern California Fellow, Central Valley Fellow, and Northern California Fellow.
What We’re Looking For
Strong candidates will have:
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please include “Fellows Program” along with the region in which you are applying (Southern California, Central Valley or Northern California.) If you are not certain which region you reside in, please click here and scroll down to “Cohort Regions.”
The deadline to apply for the
Emerge California Fellows Class of 2019-2020
is Friday, September 20, 2019.