Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria and Process

Emerge California seeks
Democratic self-identified women
in the State of California who are committed to
running for elected office at the local level.


Emerge California will select 20-25 women for each of our three cohorts (Northern California, Southern California and Central Valley) for the Class of 2020. Invitations to participate in the Class of 2020 will be offered to women who meet the criteria below and who best demonstrate through the application and interview process that they have the experience, skillset and commitment to participate fully in the Emerge California training program and, most importantly, to serve as future elected leaders.

It is the intent of Emerge California to recruit and train Democratic self-identified women who reflect the diversity of the constituencies they serve. Emerge California also aims to recruit and train Democratic self-identified women from groups that have been historically underrepresented in politics.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

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

• Commitment to running for an identified local political office in the 1-3 years following graduation

• Anticipated ability to perform well as a candidate following the Emerge California training program

• Commitment to attendance requirements and program participation

• Residence in the cohort region to which she is applying


Scoring Criteria:

• Track record of leadership and political experience

• Meaningful involvement in and commitment to one’s community and/or to a specific issue or policy area

• Ability to bring disparate groups together to achieve a goal

• Ability to build political and community coalitions

• Demonstrated commitment to public service

• Ability to articulate a personal political vision

• Professional written and oral communications/presentation

• Ability to inspire others

• Past experience with and/or anticipated aptitude for fundraising