Emerge Announces New National Board Members

  • May 12, 2022
  • Emerge Staff

May 12, 2022

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon

Emerge Announces New National Board Members

Washington, D.C. — Emerge, the nation’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced new members of its National Board of Directors today. These women are former elected officials, activists, and community leaders who come from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and identities across the country.

“Emerge is thrilled to welcome our newest board members and know the experience and insight they bring to the role will help grow our organization to new heights,” said A’shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge. “Our new board members have a proven commitment to our mission, our 2035 goals, and will help center our work around the New American Majority – Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women. Together, we will build a brighter future by ensuring that communities have diverse representation that speaks to their experiences. And these trailblazing women will help guide us as we create new ways for Democratic women to step up and lead. We’re incredibly proud to have them join our Board of Directors and look forward to the work they will do as part of our network.”

The newest members include:

  • Bridget Hennessey, Vice President of Public Affairs at Weedmaps and campaign and lobbying expert
  • Paulette Jordan, former member of the Idaho House of Representatives (District 5A)
  • Ana Ma, political strategist, advisor and former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Labor 
  • Angélique Roché, attorney, journalist, producer, host, moderator, and voiceover artist
  • Whitney Tymas, lawyer, political advisor, and criminal justice activist

Emerge has trained more than 5,000 alums since 2002 and currently has more than 1,000 alums in elected office across the country. The organization is committed to reaching 100,000 women of the New American Majority over the next 15 years, fostering a lift as you climb culture for women in politics, and repowering political structures. There are currently 27 state affiliates, and the organization has impacted a total of 45 states, Washington, D.C., and territories.