Privacy Policy

Last modified: August 19, 2022


Emerge America (Company orWe) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.

This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the our websites our content and services offered through third-party platforms (such as YouTube and social media), website and use the content, functionality, products and services offered on or through, our candidate training programs, and any other products and services that state that this Privacy Policy applies to them (collectively the “Service”), and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.

This policy applies to information we collect:

  • On the Service.
  • In email, text, form submissions, phone calls, video and in-person meetings, and other electronic communications and messages between you and the Service.
  • Through mobile and desktop applications you download from the Service, which provide dedicated non-browser-based interaction between you and this Service, including webinars.
  • When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services., if those applications or advertising include links to this policy.

It does not apply to information collected by:

  • Us offline or through any other means, including on any other Service operated by Company or any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries); or
  • Any third party, including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Service.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Service. By accessing or using this Service, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time (and is effective as of the last modified date listed above). Your continued use of this Service after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates. Please note that certain features or services referenced in this Privacy Policy may not be offered on the Service at all times. Please also review our Terms of Service, which governs your use of the Service, and which is accessible at Terms of Service.


Children Under the Age of 13

Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information to the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, you may not use or provide any information to this Website. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at


Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It

We collect several types of information from and about users of our Service, including information:

  • By which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, e-mail address, employer, occupation, and telephone number (”personal information”);
  • That is about you but individually does not identify you, such as demographic information (including age, racial/ethnic identity, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, candidacy information, political and religious views), occupation, education and employment history – which we may associate with personal information about you; and/or
  • About your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Service, and usage details.

We collect this information:

  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses, and information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies.
  • From third parties, for example, our business partners including Emerge and any Emerge State Affiliate (collectively the “Individual State Programs”).


Information You Provide

We collect information you provide on or through our Service, including:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Service, or by otherwise providing information to us via email or in paper form, written or oral communications (such as email or paper form) – for example in connection with signing up for products or services that we offer. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Service, subscribing to, applying for, or ordering products or services (including training courses and other activities), sending donations, and posting material to the service. If you use the Service to apply for a training with us, we collect a variety of information relevant to your candidacy including your name, address, phone, email address, demographic information (including age, racial/ethnic identity, income, marital status, political and religious views), occupation, education and employment history. We may also ask you for information when you nominate a person for office, purchase items from the online store, ] or when you report a problem or concern with our Service.
  • Records and copies of your correspondence with us (including email addresses) and discussions with us, including in-person or over the phone.
  • Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete, for example to judge engagement and support for research purposes
  • Details of transactions you carry out through our Service and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Service.
  • If you use the Service to apply for a job with us, we collect a variety of information relevant to employment, including your name, address, phone, email address, employment history, education history, and the like.

You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Service or transmitted to other users of the Service or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions/User Submissions”). Your User Contributions/User Submissions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we may limit access to certain content on the Service, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Service with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions/User Submissions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions/User Submissions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. 


Information We Obtain From Third Parties

We may collect information from third parties and associate that information with other information we have collected from and about you, including:

  • Information we obtain from the Internet and public records (e.g., via Google, social media, and other online resources). For example, if you complete a training with us and run for elected office, we collect election dates, details, and outcomes.
  • Nominations and referrals, for example in connection with our recruiting of employees or candidates for our educational programs. 
  • We may obtain mailing lists for outreach, marketing, or recruiting, including from list brokers and list swaps with other organizations. 
  • Information that you provide to a third-party job posting site, where we have posted a job (such as Indeed), will be provided to us. 
  • Information that you provide to any Independent State Program is shared with us.


Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies

As you navigate through and interact with our Service, we and our third-party service providers may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:

  • Details of your visits to our Service, including traffic data, location data, user activity data, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Service.
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, referring URL, operating system, and browser type.

We and our third-party service providers also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party Services or other online services (behavioral tracking), including via social media connectors (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Click here for information on how you can opt out of behavioral tracking on this Service and how we respond to web browser signals and other mechanisms that enable consumers to exercise choice about behavioral tracking. You may opt out of behavioral tracking on this website by sending us an email at

The information we collect automatically may include personal information, or we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Service and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Service according to your individual interests.
  • Detect and prevent fraud.
  • Speed up your searches.
  • Recognize you when you return to our Service.

The technologies used for this automatic data collection may include:

  • Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Service. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Service.
  • Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Service may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on our Service. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. 
  • Web Beacons. Pages of our Services and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related Service statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain Service content and verifying system and server integrity). 


Third-Party Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Service are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. These third parties may use cookies, alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies, to collect information about you when you use our Service. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different Services and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

One of our service providers is Google Analytics. To learn more about how Google Analytics collects and uses your data when you use the Website, and how you can control the information sent to Google Analytics, please review We use log files and analytics to improve and administer our site, to analyze trends, and to gather information about our user base. Website visitors who do not want their data collected with Google Analytics in this way can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. For information about how you can opt out of receiving targeted advertising from many providers, 


How We Respond to “Do Not Track” Browser Signals

At this time, our Service does not respond to “Do Not Track” browser signals. If we do so in the future, we will describe how we do so in this Privacy Policy. For more information about do not track, visit


How We Use Your Information

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:

  • To present our Service and its contents to you.
  • To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us and Independent State Programs.
  • To process your payments.
  • To support program accessibility, scholarship administration, and individual health needs.
  • To understand the demographics of our users and program participants, including to monitor program diversity. 
  • To keep track of Emerge America and Independent State Program alumni, individually and in the aggregate, for the purpose of evaluating and promoting Emerge’s effectiveness at fulfilling its mission.
  • For purposes of tax reporting.  
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
  • To conduct research via polls and submission forms 
  • To contact you about fundraising campaigns or advocacy efforts. 
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to our Service or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Service.
  • To Comply with Legal Obligations. We need to use and disclose Personal Information in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations.
  • To detect, prevent, and respond to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the Online Services.
  • We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our Service, in addition to other endorsements. With your  consent we may post your testimonial along with your name.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

If you make a donation via the Online Services, your information will be added to one or more of our supporters lists and databases, and you may be contacted about other Emerge America activities, news, and/or fundraising campaigns.

If you join or opt-in to our activist network, you will receive informational updates and action alerts about contested races involving progressive women. In addition, your information will be added to one or more of our supporters lists and databases, and you may be contacted about other Emerge America activities, news, and/or fundraising campaigns.

We may use the information we have collected from and about you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria


Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.

We may disclose public information about our course participants and alumni, such as name, likeness, biographical information, election results, and the fact that they took our courses, without restriction. 

We may disclose personal information that we collect or that you provide as described in this privacy policy:

  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates, including to Individual State Programs.
  • To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them including, but not limited to, service providers who process credit card transactions, facilitate our fundraising activities and campaigns, and deliver Targeted Advertisements on our behalf
  • To our 501(c)4 organization, WLE. 
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Emerge America’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Emerge America about our Service users is among the assets transferred.
  • To third parties to market their products or services to you if you have not opted out of these disclosures, with the exception of cell phone numbers. These third parties are all committed to the mission and goals of Emerge America. We contractually require these third parties to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them to fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. 
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.

We may also disclose your personal information:

  • To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
  • To enforce or apply our TERMS OF USE and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
  • If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of Emerge America, our customers, or others. 


Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:

  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s Service. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
  • If you do not want the Online Services to collect information through the use of cookies, you can set your web browser to reject cookies from the Online Services. Each browser is different, so you should check your browser’s “Help” menu to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you reject or block cookies from the Online Services, however, the Online Services may not function as intended.
  • In addition to the records left on your computer by cookies, your browser and operating system contain other records of your web browsing and other actions (e.g., browser history). As with cookies, you can find information about how to clear these history trails in your browser’s “Help” menu.

We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However, these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (”NAI”) on the NAI’s Service.

 You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative at, and from members of the Digital Advertising Alliance at

California residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Your California Privacy Rights] for more information.


Accessing, Correcting and Deleting Your Information

You may also send us an email at to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. This includes previous user submissions or community posts. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect. Please allow five (5) business days for a response. 

If you delete your User Contributions/User Submissions from the Service, copies of your User Contributions User Submissions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Service users. Proper access and use of information provided on the Service, including User Contributions/User Submissions, is governed by our TERMS OF USE. 


Your California Privacy Rights

California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our Service that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to[or write us at: 4 Embarcadero Center Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111and include “Request for California Privacy Information” in the subject line.


Data Security

We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. 

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Service, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. 

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Service. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Service.


Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we update this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting a new Privacy Policy on this page. If we make any revisions that materially change the ways in which we use or disclose the information previously collected from you through the Online Services, we will give you the opportunity to consent to such changes before applying them to that information.


Contact Information

To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy or our privacy practices, contact us at or write us at: 4 Embarcadero Center Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111.