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 full
Black Women Organized for Political Action CA Nonpartisan Founded in 1968, Black Women Organized for Political Actions primary goal is to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American...
Black Women Organized for Political Action State PAC (BWOPA) CA Nonpartisan Founded in 1968, Black Women Organized for Political Actions primary goal is to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American...
California Federation of Democratic Women CA Dem

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide,...

California Federation of Republican Women CA Rep

The California Federation of Republican Women, a chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women, promotes an informed public through...

California Issues and Trends Program
Leadership California
CA Nonpartisan Founded in 1988, Leadership California is a non-partisan network of women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California...
California Legislative Women's Caucus CA Nonpartisan Formed in 1985, the Legislative Women's Caucus represents and advocates on behalf of the diverse interests of women, children and families throughout...
California List CA Dem

Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for...

California List CA Dem

Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for...

California List CA Dem

Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for...

California NOW
National Organization for Women
CA 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...
California Women 4 Women CA Nonpartisan The mission of California Women 4 Women is to increase the awareness of women in the political process and support women for election to public...
California Women Lead CA Nonpartisan

Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings,...

California Women Lead CA Nonpartisan

Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings,...

California Women's Leadership Association CA Rep The California Women's Leadership Association (CWLA) is a statewide organization committed to bringing together influential women to effect...
California Women's Leadership Association PAC CA Rep The CWLA Political Action Committee is a separate 527 organization that endorses and financially supports candidates for state and local office, with...
California Women's Political Caucus CA Nonpartisan The National Womens Poliltical Caucus of California works to increase womens participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train...
California Women's Political Summit CA Nonpartisan The California Women's Political Summit is a statewide confederation of women-oriented PACS formed in 1989. The group meets 3-4 times per year to...
Campaign Academy
California Democratic Party
CA Dem The California Democratic Party regularly hosts two-day comprehensive campaign trainings for grassroots activists across the state with locations...
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...
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.
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 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:/ --...
Emerge California
Emerge America
CA Dem Sponsored by Emerge America Emerge California, an affiliate of Emerge America, is a political candidate training program for Democratic women in...
Grassroots Campaign Training
California Democratic Party
CA Dem The California Democratic Party regularly hosts two-day comprehensive campaign trainings for grassroots activists across the state with locations...
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) CA

The goal of HOPE’s Education programs is to promote and develop empowered Latinas.  Key outcomes include creating a pipeline of Latina leaders and...

HOPE Leadership Institute
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
CA Nonpartisan

 The HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) is the first and only statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in...

Latina Appointments Collaborative
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
CA Nonpartisan

The goal of the Latina Appointments Collaborative is to increase Latina civic engagement through strategic trainings tailored to the region. By...

Latinas Lead California CA Nonpartisan

A non-partisan organization, Latinas Lead California is the state's first political action committee dedicated to raising funds to support Latinas...

Leadership L.A.
Southern California Leadership Network, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
CA Nonpartisan Established in 1987, the Leadership L.A. (LLA) program includes nine monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues and personal...
Leadership San Francisco
Leadership Institute
CA Nonpartisan Leadership San Francisco (LSF) is an organization dedicated to educating and developing community trustees who will make significant contributions to...
Leadership Southern California
Southern California Leadership Network, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
CA Nonpartisan Leadership Southern California (LSC) enrolls approximately 40 interviewed and selected mid- to senior-level executives annually in a 10-month...
Los Angeles African American Women PAC CA Dem Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) is dedicated to endorsing and supporting California...
National APAWLI Signature Fellowship
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
CA Nonpartisan The National APAWLI Signature Program (Fellowship) selects Asian Pacific American women with 8+ years of work/community experience and who are...
National Women's Political Caucus of California CA Nonpartisan The National Womens Poliltical Caucus of California works to increase womens participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train...
National Women's Political Caucus of California PAC CA Nonpartisan The National Womens Poliltical Caucus of California works to increase womens participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train...
National Women's Political Caucus of California, Los Angeles Westside PAC CA Nonpartisan

The National Womens Political Caucus of Californias Los Angeles Westside Political Action Committee meets throughout the year to interview...

New Leaders Council Los Angeles CA Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
New Leaders Council Orange County CA Nonpartisan

New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...

New Leaders Council Sacramento CA Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
New Leaders Council San Diego/ San Diego Leadership Alliance CA Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
New Leaders Council San Francisco CA Nonpartisan

New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...

New Leaders Council Silicon Valley CA Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
Ready to Run® California
Mount St. Mary's University
CA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® California provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long...

Run Women Run
Run Women Run
CA Nonpartisan

Run Women Run was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission to inspire, recruit, train, mentor and support pro-...

Run Women Run
Run Women Run
CA Nonpartisan

Run Women Run was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission to inspire, recruit, train, mentor and support pro-...

San Francisco Women's Political Committee CA Nonpartisan Established in 2002, the San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) is a multi-party organization that works to engage women in all dimensions...
Santa Barbara Women's PAC CA Nonpartisan

The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to furthering gender equality and feminist...

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women CA Nonpartisan The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (formerly known as Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, APAWLI) is dedicated to the...
The Marian Bergeson Series CA Rep Established in 2004, the Marian Bergeson Series is a nine-month series aimed at preparing Republican women for their next level of public involvement...
Ventura County Women's Political Council CA Nonpartisan The Ventura County Women's Political Council is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. The organization...
Women for: Orange County CA Nonpartisan A grassroots advocacy membership organization for issue Orange County women care about human and civil rights, peace and justice, education,...
Women in Leadership CA Nonpartisan Founded in 1993, Women In Leadership is a bi-partisan organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to public office. WIL supports candidates...
Women's Political Committee CA Dem

Established in 1977, the Women's Political Committee supports progressive women candidates, primarily in California, who are seeking elected...