Boot Camps

2019 Boot Camp

Emerge California is hosting the
2019 Boot Camp

Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
in downtown Sacramento!

All applications must be submitted by:
11:59 PM PST on
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
—no exceptions.

Emerge California Boot Camps give Democratic self-identified women the skills they need to turbocharge their campaigns. Top political strategists and trainers will provide attendees with the campaign tools needed to win, including advanced training sessions and guidance on fundraising, field strategy, communications and storytelling. The Boot Camp is intended primarily for March 2020 candidates and will focus on the issues and challenges candidates may be facing.

Attendees who complete the Boot Camp are considered Emerge California alumnae and will have access to alumnae resources, such as the Emerge California Alumnae Directory, the opportunity to meet with the Campaign Advisory Team, and the opportunity to participate in future Emerge CA Candidate Education Sessions.


Emerge California 2018 Boot Camp Alumna Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis:

Emerge California’s Boot Camp was a very valuable experience during my campaign for Lt. Governor, and I am proud to be the first Emerge California alumna elected to statewide office! As part of Emerge’s sisterhood, I am constantly inspired by the leadership, friendship and inspiration that is part of this amazing network. I encourage every woman running for office to apply to the Boot Camp!

Please Note: This application is a Google Form
and cannot be saved and returned to for completion.

Are you a good fit for the
Emerge California Boot Camp?
Apply to the Boot Camp if:

  • You will be or are a declared candidate in the March 2020 Primary Election.
  • You are a current elected official who had a contested election and are ready to take your public service to the next level.
  • You are already an Emerge alumna and want to brush up on your campaign skills.


Selection Timeline

September 24, 2019
Deadline to
apply to the
2019 Boot Camp

All applications must be submitted by:
11:59 PM PST on
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
—no exceptions.


October 1, 2019
Announcement of the
Emerge California
2019 Boot Camp Class!


Selection Criteria

  • An applicant must be a self-identified woman who is a registered Democrat and who resides in California.
  • Applicants should be:

– Filed or planning to file for the March 2020 Primary Election; or

– A current elected official who had a contested election and are ready to take your public service to the next level; or

– An Emerge Alumna interested in brushing up on your campaign skills.

  • Anticipated ability to perform well as a candidate following the Emerge California 2019 Boot Camp.
  • Attendance for the entire duration of the 2019 Boot Camp.


Boot Camp Details

  • Emerge California’s 2019 Boot Camp will run from 2:00 pm on Friday, November 1 through approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 3 in downtown Sacramento.
  • Boot Camp tuition is $500. Payment: At least half ($250) must be paid by Friday, October 11 and the remainder will be due on the first day of Boot Camp on November 1. Please note that we are offering a discounted tuition rate of $400 for Emerge CA alumnae.
  • Tuition includes: Friday night reception, Saturday night dinner, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and all training material (attendees are on their own for dinner on Friday and Sunday evening). 
  • Boot Camp tuition may be paid for by your campaign: please consult your campaign team and treasurer to consider this option.
  • Travel and lodging must be arranged and paid for by Boot Camp attendees.
  • There is a $25 application fee to apply for the 2019 Boot Camp.

Important: Please note that candidates running for the same office may be in the Boot Camp class together.


Boot Camp Agenda

Friday November 1
Check In and Introductions
Keynote Speaker
Elected Officials Panel
Welcome Reception
[Dinner on your own]

Saturday November 2
Breakfast provided by Emerge CA
Lunch provided by Emerge CA
Storytelling + Answering Tough Questions
Dinner provided by Emerge CA

Sunday November 3
Breakfast provided by Emerge CA
Lunch provided by Emerge CA
Breakout Session
Field Strategy
Closing + Class Photo
[Dinner on your own]


If you have reviewed the information about our six-month training program and the 2019 Boot Camp and are still not quite sure which would be best for you, please reach out to us at

Staff will also be onsite at all info sessions along our Recruitment Tour – we encourage you to come to an info session near you to meet staff and Emerge CA alumnae and learn more about the program!