Leadership Resources Intro

Use this map, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund, to locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. Click on a state to find leadership development and campaign training programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.

Need more ideas on how to get involved? Check out the Women's Definitive Guide to Getting Political by CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak.

If you know of other organizations to add to our list or have updates to our information, please contact Chelsea Hill.

Program Name State Party Program Description
Candidate Training
Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
WA Rep

The Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and trains leaders in Washington State who are thinking about entering the arena of politics as...

Candidate Training
GOPAC
National Rep

Founded in 1979, GOPAC is a national organization dedicated exclusively to electing Republicans to state and local offices.  The organization...

Candidate Training
MI List
MI Dem Founded in 2004, MI List is a statewide organization and donor network dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to the Michigan legislature...
Candidate Training
National Women's Political Caucus
CA Nonpartisan

NWPC hosts training programs to provide women with the skills needed to run campaigns as candidates, to serve as staff, and to be effective...

Candidate Training Program
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia
VA Nonpartisan

The Sorensen Institute's Candidate Training Program (CTP) is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for...

Candidate Workshops
Veterans Campaign
DC Nonpartisan

Veterans Campaign's two-day training sessions are specifically designed to educate, encourage, and motivate veterans to continue their commitment...

Carol's List MT Dem

The purpose of Carol’s List is to recruit, train, elect, and otherwise support progressive Democratic women to elected office, in order to...

Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Iowa State University
IA Nonpartisan Founded in 1992, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics provides leadership development and educational opportunities for women and...
Center for American Women and Politics National Nonpartisan The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is...
Center for Women and Politics of Ohio
Baldwin Wallace University
OH Nonpartisan

The Baldwin Wallace Center for Women and Politics of Ohio (CWPO) is a non-partisan public resource that tells the story of women running for...

Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy
Institute for Women's Leadership, Texas Woman's University
TX Nonpartisan

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions in public service. Their goal is...

Center for Women's Leadership
Portland State University
OR Nonpartisan

The Center for Women's Leadership works to increase women's leadership in public policy through targeted teaching and community service programs....

CIEE Civic Leadership Summit
CIEE Work &Travel USA
National Nonpartisan

At the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit, participants will join young leaders from around the world to learn about leadership, social entrepreneurship...

Civic Leadership Academy
Univeristy of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement
Nonpartisan

The Civic Leadership Academy is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit...

Close the Gap CA CA Nonpartisan Close the gap CA is a statewide recruiting campaign to find talented, progressive women to run and win seats in the California legislature in 2014...
Colorado 50/50 CO Nonpartisan

Colorado 50/50 is a nonpartisan group formed in the spring of 2017 by a circle of women in Fort Collins, Colorado. They believe office-holders –...

Colorado BlueFlower Fund CO Dem The Colorado Blue Flower Fund is small donor committee that helps to elect Democratic, pro-choice, progressive women candidates running for state and...
Colorado Federation of Republican Women CO Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

Colorado Legislative Women's Caucus CO Nonpartisan

The Colorado Women's Legislative Caucus is a formal bipartisan, bicameral group founded in 2009. The Caucus plans to discuss issues and...

Colorado Springs Leadership Institute CO Nonpartisan The Colorado Springs Leadership Institute was formed in 1996 with the purpose of promoting the quality and quantity of leaders in the Pikes Peak...
Committee Training
Virginia Democratic Party
VA Dem The Virginia Democratic Party runs either a single statewide training or multiple regional trainings on grassroots work to committee members each...
Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women CT Dem The Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women supports the principles of the Democratic Party, encourages growth of an intelligent and conscientious...
Connecticut Federation of Republican Women CT Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Connecticut Gender Balance Legislation CT Nonpartisan The Connecticut General Statutes (Section 4-9b) establishes that the membership of all state appointive boards, commissions, committees and councils...
Connecticut NOW
National Organization for Women
CT Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Contra Costa Republican Party CA Rep The Contra Costa Republican Party holds an annual Candidate Boot Camp open to individuals interested in working on a campaign or running for office.
Coro Los Angeles
Coro National
CA Nonpartisan

Coro Southern California is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization focused on cultivating the next generation of diverse leaders through hands-on,...

Dare to Run NY Nonpartisan

Dare to Run offers female college graduates the chance to participate in a two-year certificate program in pursuit of a career path in public...

DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

Delaware Federation of Republican Women DE Rep The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Delaware NOW
National Organization for Women
DE Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) CA Dem Founded in 1992, Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) supports the election and appointment of progressive Democratic women candidates to office...
Democratic Campaign Management Program National Dem

The program begins with a week-long, formal training seminar.  Upon completion of the seminar, each participant is assigned a specific area to...

Democratic Leadership Institute
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
WI Dem

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin hosts an annual two-day Democratic Leadership Institute to provide tools and connections necessary to become...

Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky KY Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Democratic Women of New Mexico NM Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Democratic Women of North Carolina NC Dem Democratic Women of North Carolina has over 60 county chapters in North Carolina and is a member of the National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW...
Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona AZ Dem

The Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona  promotes the cause of the Democratic Party and encourages full participation of women in every level...

Democratic Women of the Desert CA Dem The Democratic Women of the Desert are dedicated to promoting social, economic and political policies that reflect the priorities of women by:/ --...
Democratic Women's Caucus
DWPAC
IN Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Democratic Women's Caucus PAC (Monroe County) IN Dem Founded in 2002, the Monroe County Democratic Women's Caucus works to enable women to understand the campaign process and to involve more women in...
Democratic Women's Club of Florida, Inc. FL Dem The Democratic Womens Club of Florida, Inc. (DWCF) was formed to bring together all Democratic Womens Clubs in Florida to provide a forum for...
DFA Campaign Academy
Democracy for America
National Dem

The DFA Campaign Academy seeks to focus, network, and train grassroots activists to change the country and the Democratic Party from the bottom up...

EDF Action Campaign Academy
EDF Action
National Nonpartisan

EDF Action Campaign Academy gives candidates the tools they need to connect the environment to their local campaigns.  Participants will learn...

Elect Her-Campus Women Win National Nonpartisan Elect HerCampus Women Win encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW...
Elect Women Magazine National Nonpartisan

ElectWomen Magazine is a non-partisan online media site that provides campaign tips, stories and resources to women running for political office...

Electing Women PAC National Dem

Electing Women is a Federal Political Action Committee based in Denver, Colorado. Electing Women is dedicated to raising money for pro-choice...

Ella's List CT Dem

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