Application Process

Application Process for 2017

The Emerge California application process is currently closed and will reopen in the Summer. The Class of 2017 will have two distinct programs, one in Northern California and one in Southern California.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. You can make the payment online or mail a check or money order payable to Emerge California/1624 Franklin Street, Suite 1001/Oakland CA 94612.

Selection Criteria and Process
Emerge California seeks bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership and are committed to run for elective office.  Criteria for selection to the program include:

  • evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • interest in running for political office;
  • demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal;
  • ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • demonstrated ability to inspire others;
  • commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings and
  • commitment to raising money for the Emerge program.

Applicants must be women who are registered Democrats and who reside in the state of California.

Emerge California will select a Northern California cohort of between 20-35 women and a Southern California cohort of between 20-35 women who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

Tuition for the Emerge Program is $1500 which includes material fees and lodging. Please note that travel expenses are not included. Tuition offsets the cost of Emerge California's out-of-pocket costs for providing the weekend training sessions. Emerge California believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program.  Partial financial aid may be awarded after admission to the program.


Traveling to the training sessions is a requirement of the program. Emerge California will cover the cost of all mandatory lodging requirements, however, program members are responsible for their own travel expenses including airfare, mileage, toll, taxis, shuttles, etc.

Time Commitment
The success of the Emerge California program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Over the four-month period, approximately 70 Program hours are scheduled.  Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation.

Fundraising Commitment
Program participants are also required to raise a minimum of $1000 for the Emerge California program during the program year. The program offers many opportunities for participants to fullfil this requirement including selling tickets to low-dollar receptions, house parties, the annual Spring event and volunteering for call-time. 

Emerge California staff are also on hand to assist with personal fundraising endeavors as well. The program is committed to helping women become excellent fundraisers and raising funds for the organization is one of the best - and most fun - ways to perfect this skill.

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