Emerge Massachusetts helps women understand that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to run for office. It breaks down the process of running for office into simple and manageable steps, while building participants' confidence and abilities with concrete skills that help women win.

Holyoke City Councilor Rebecca Lisi
Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2008

Emerge wanted me to succeed and helped me segue into public life. In corporate America you learn to put on your corporate face. Emerge taught me how to be comfortable with myself and show my real face to the public and community at large.

State Representative Irene Bustamante-Adams
Emerge Nevada Class of 2010

As a member of the Emerge Maine 2009 class I didn't just gain skills to run for office, but learned how to be an effective public servant in my community. In the last two years, I've worked with my constituents to solve problems, advocated for educational equity and an end to the achievement gap for our city's most vulnerable children, and networked with educational leaders from around the country to learn best practices that Portland can benefit from.

Portland School Board Member Jenna Vendil
Emerge Maine Class of 2009

The support of the Emerge network was critical to my success. The base camp for Emerge NM was located almost 300 miles away but Emerge was there for every step of my campaign. Emerge assisted me in obtaining voter history and information. But more importantly, when I encountered issues in my campaign, Emerge was there with a Campaign Advisory Team teleconference to brainstorm how to overcome those issues. The Emerge network also put their money where their mouth was. In fact, when I announced my run, my first campaign contribution came from an Emerge board member.

Eddy County Commissioner Roxanne Lara
Emerge New Mexico Class of 2007

It was so helpful to be able to go through the appointment process with my Emerge class sisters as a sounding board and to have them in my corner. They helped me organize my campaign for the appointment process and as soon as I was appointed, they helped me on my campaign. I have been involved in politics for a long time but saw myself as a campaign worker as opposed to a candidate. Emerge helped me reframe how I viewed myself and offered me the skills and support I needed to become a great candidate and a darn good legislator.

Oregon State House Representative Val Hoyle
Emerge Oregon Class of 2009

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