Signature Program

70+ hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge Washington training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, multi-month, 70+ hour training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. As a program member, you will be exposed to a variety of campaign and election experts. You will meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected office. Through Emerge, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alumnae, Emerge Cabinet and advisory council members.

Participants meet one weekend a month and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

Public Speaking and Communications
Networking
Fundraising
Campaign Strategy
Media and Messaging
Field Operations
Technology and New Media
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ethical Leadership
Labor and Endorsements

Who Trains?

Emerge trainers are comprised of a premier team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaign and initiatives we’ve seen in recent election cycles. They come from backgrounds including fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management and campaign messaging. They have won races from the city council to the governor’s mansion.

Application Process

Applications for our 2022 cohort are live! For more information, email Emily@EmergeWA.org. Application fee waivers are available, as well as tuition scholarships.

The dates for the 2022 cohort, which will be a combination of in-person and virtual training, are as follows:

Jan. 8-9 (Seattle/Tacoma area)
Jan. 29 (virtual)
Feb. 12-14 (virtual–Saturday afternoon, Sunday & Monday full days, including a remote day “in” Olympia)
Mar. 19-20 (virtual)
April 23-24 (in person Eastern WA TBD)
May 14-15 (Seattle/Tacoma area)

*dates subject to change

COVID Protocol

  • This training is open to persons who are fully vaccinated at the time of the training. During training, we ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you are unvaccinated for any reason, or unable to mask during our training, we ask that you reach out to us and we can connect you to virtual training alternatives. 

It’s Time to Step Up!

We need your participation to start a revolution! We’re looking for women who are engaged in their communities and want to effect change. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!