To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.
Emerge America is the national organization of the Emerge America network. We oversee the locally-based training programs in our states, open new state affiliates to reach more Democratic women across the country, build capacity to train more women in each of our current states and work to expand our program offerings to meet the growing need for candidate training programs across the country. In addition, we provide our program’s alumnae with a strong, supportive national network of women in politics, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.
There are currently Emerge America affiliates in 25 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Emerge America also offers regional boot camps for women running for office in the current election cycle.
Emerge America was founded in 2005 by Andrea Dew Steele to expand and replicate the successful Emerge model first launched in California in 2002. The founders of Emerge California, including Andrea, saw there was no in-depth training for Democratic women who want to run for office and wanted to change that. Democratic women entering politics also lacked a strong network of other like-minded women that could support and advise each other. The success that Emerge California had in recruiting and training candidates caused women from other states to request that the program to be brought there. As the program began expanding, Emerge America was launched to oversee each state’s candidate trainings, support their work and to continue to replicate the proven Emerge model to more states across the country.