Application Process

Applications for the 2020 Emerge Washington training

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply. Applications for the 2020 | Lisa Brown cohort will be available early summer, 2019. If you are interested in applying for the program, please add yourself to the Emerge Washington mailing list, and we will contact you when the 2020 application is open.


We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.


Who Should Apply?

Emerge Washington seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective office and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for political office;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.
  • Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Washington.

Emerge Washington will select 20-25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge Washington embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability.  Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.

To be considered for the Emerge Washington | 2020  class, applicants must complete a written application by the stated deadline. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview. Invitations to join the 2020 class will be extended before the end of the year.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Washington program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  Over the multi-month period, approximately 70+ program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year.  Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

2020 LIsa Brown Class Dates

January 11

February 1 and 2

February 22, 23 and 24 *

March 28 and 29

April 18 and 19

May 16 and 17

*February will include a Monday, as we will spend the day in Olympia shadowing our women legislators.



Emerge Washington will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in person in Seattle or via Zoom if you live outside of Seattle.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  The application fee can be paid here or mail a check payable to Emerge Washington, 1517 12th Avenue #101; Seattle, WA  98122


Tuition for the 2020 Lisa Brown class is $1795.  $795 is tuition and all are eligible for payment plans or financial assistance and $1000 is a fundraising requirement.  We provide the tools, techniques and training to help you meet your goal. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The multi-month program does take place in various parts of the state one weekend each month.  Travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Emerge Washington will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Karen Besserman ~ Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.