Emerge California graduates its 14th class with program members from Northern California, Southern California and Central Valley.

"The best way for us to fight back when our health, our lives, our families and our communities are all at stake is to elect more women."

-US Senator Barbara Boxer

"Now more than ever, women's voices and experiences are desperately needed in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures. Emerge's commitment to training and mentoring women candidates is vital to making that happen." 

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House

We all know that it’s time for 'politics as usual' to change. There are plenty of reasons to avoid running for public office, but it is up to YOU to lead the way and start taking real steps towards progress. Read more about why you should apply for Emerge today.

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Jun 8 2016

For months, Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott trekked across the city to obscure Democratic groups, laying out her resume, explaining her policy positions and asking for their endorsement. For months, she watched the party endorse her opponents instead. Sometimes endorsements went to Gil Cabrera, former chair of the city’s ethics commission. Mostly they went to Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos.

Jun 1 2016

Emerge California will celebrate its record-breaking election year at the San Francisco Annual Reception on Wednesday, June 1. Seventy-five Emerge CA alumnae have announced their candidacies in 2016, making it the largest number of alumnae to run in a single year in the organization’s 14-year history. Former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. will address attendees, and Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma will receive Emerge CA’s 2016 Woman of the Year Award.

Apr 18 2016

In light of this week’s Student Assembly debates and this weekend’s upcoming elections, candidates and their platforms have been at the center of many campus conversations. But less has been said about the gender imbalances that have characterized Student Assembly elections over the past few years — and indeed, as a trend throughout its history.