I’m very proud to have recently graduated from Emerge California, a training program for Democratic women interested in political leadership. For about seven years, I lived in Washington, DC and dedicated my career to advancing women leaders in politics. I literally taught a class about gender and politics at American University. Finally, it was my turn to practice what I preach and return to my beloved Bay Area. Rather than being the teacher, I became the student.
Emerge California is truly the premier training program to prepare women to be ethical leaders and transform the political system. Moreover, one of my favorite aspects of Emerge California is being a part of a genuine sisterhood of passionate, ambitious, brilliant women working together to make a difference for our communities. There are Emerge programs in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. I highly recommend applying and am happy to answer any questions about the application process or program.
Your city or county may offer free programs to learn more about how they work, so check out their website for programs about civic education. I took a Civics 101 free class through the County of San Mateo. Below are some steps I have learned from Emerge California about how someone can start to get involved in local government.