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
AAPC Regional Seminars
American Association of Political Consultants
National Nonpartisan The American Association of Political Consultants sponsors seminars and conferences in different parts of the country throughout the year,...
American Nurse's Association-PAC
American Nurse's Association, Inc.
National Nonpartisan

ANA-PAC is a bipartisan PAC that supports candidates for federal office who have demonstrated their support for legislative and regulatory goals...

Campaign Management School
National Federation of Republican Women
National Rep

The National Federation for Republican Women pursues its longtime objective for political education by training Republicans to win elections...

Campaign Management Training Seminar
American Farm Bureau
National Nonpartisan

The American Farm Bureau provides its state-based partners with programmatic content for campaign training seminars for candidates, their spouses...

Candidate and Campaign Training
The Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute
National Nonpartisan

Founded in 1993, the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute runs candidate and campaign trainings that provide comprehensive, nonpartisan training...

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...

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...
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...

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...

Emerge America National Dem Emerge America is a political leadership training program for Democratic women held in states throughout the country. The Emerge mission is to...
EMILY's List National Dem

EMILY's List is a political network committed to a three-pronged strategy to elect pro-choice Democratic women: recruiting and funding viable...

Empowered Women National Rep

Empowered Women gives voice to a new generation of Conservative American women.  We are a positive, proactive platform that celebrates women as...

Excellence in Public Service Series National Rep

Founded in 1989 as the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series in Indiana, this network of state programs encourages, mentors, and...

Feminist Majority Foundation National Nonpartisan

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. FMF engages in research and public...

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Feminist Majority Foundation
National Nonpartisan The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance program is active in several college campuses nationwide, where Campus Organizers help students build and...
Feminist Majority PAC National Nonpartisan The Feminist Majority PAC was founded in 2002 to support Congressional candidates who will carry the banner of womens rights. Feminist Majority PAC...
First Ask National Dem

We are a group of organizers from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Deeply concerned about women's electoral progress in the aftermath of the...

Frontline Leaders Academy
Young Elected Officials Network
National Nonpartisan The Front Line Leaders Academy, sponsored by the Young Elected Officials Network, is an annual campaign leadership development program for...
Gender Parity Legislation National Nonpartisan Currently, nine states have legislation requiring or encouraging gender parity on state and/or local boards and commissions: CT, IA, IL, MT, ND, NH,...
Higher Heights for America National Nonpartisan

Higher Heights Leadership Fund is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and...

Maggie's List PAC National Rep

Maggie's List was created in 2010 as a federal PAC to increase the number of elected women committed to promoting the values of fiscal...

MANA, A National Latina Organization National Nonpartisan

MANA is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. Its mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community...

Modern Republican Women PAC National Rep

The Modern Republican Women PAC aims to appeal to Millennials and women by breaking the cycle of unsuccessful Republican Campaigns that have been...

National Congress of Black Women, Inc. National Nonpartisan

The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural...

National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs PAC National Nonpartisan Established in 1979, the nonpartisan Business and Professional Women Political Action Committee (BPW/PAC) helps shape the national agenda on working...
National Federation of Democratic Women National Dem Founded in 1971, the National Federation of Democratic Women works to unite women of the Democratic Party, promote the cause of the Democratic Party...
National Federation of Republican Women National Rep The National Federation of Republican Women is a national grassroots political organization. The organization promotes an informed public through...
National Organization for Women National Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's...
National Organization for Women PAC National Nonpartisan As an independent, non-partisan committee, NOW/PAC endorses candidates who take uncompromising stands on feminist issues -- including both women and...
National Women's Political Caucus National Nonpartisan The National Women's Political Caucus is a multipartisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the...
National Women's Political Caucus PAC National Nonpartisan NWPC-PAC supports pro-choice women candidates from around the country.
National Young Women's Leadership Conference
Feminist Majority Foundation
National Nonpartisan

The National Young Womens Leadership conference is an annual spring conference for campus activists, many affiliated with FMFs Choices Campus...

Native Women's Political Caucus PAC National Nonpartisan

The Native Women's Political Caucus promotes and supports Native women running for local, state, and federal offices.

New Leaders Council National Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
NEW Leadership™ Development Network
Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
National Nonpartisan

NEW Leadership™ is a week-long residential institute designed to empower college women to become involved in the political process. Participants...

Poder PAC National Nonpartisan Created after the 2008 elections, PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government. PODER PAC...
Political Opportunity Program
EMILY's List
National Dem

Since its inception in 2001, the Political Opportunity Program (POP) has provided training to state and local candidates and their staffs...

Progressive Majority National Nonpartisan Founded on a mission to elect progressive candidates, Progressive Majority: -- identifies and recruits the best progressive leaders to run for office...
Project GOPink National Rep Project GOPink serves as a national hub to recruit, train, network and promote women as they work to achieve their public service goals. In addition...
Public Leadership Institute
Public Leadership Institute
National Nonpartisan

The Public Leadership Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and leadership center organized to raise public awareness on key issues of...

Rachel's Action Network (RAN) National Nonpartisan

RAN empowers pro-environment women funders to influence the political proccess. 

Ready to Lead
The New American Leaders Project
National Nonpartisan

The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is a national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for...

Ready to Lead
The New American Leaders Project
National Nonpartisan

The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is a national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for...

Ready to Run® National Training Network
Center for American Women and Politics
National Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or...

Republican Pro-Choice Coalition National Rep The Republican Majority for Choice PAC supports Republican men and women throughout the United States who believe in the Party's traditional...
Right Women, Right Now
Republican State Leadership Committee
National Rep

The Republican State Leadership Committee launched "Right Women, Right Now," in an effort to coordinate with female leaders, party officials and...

RightNOW Women PAC National Rep

RightNOW Women PAC is a volunteer organization helping elect Republican women to federal office.

ROSA PAC National Nonpartisan

Raising Our Sisters’ Assets Political Action Committee (ROSA PAC) is dedicated to raising funds for women of color running for Congress to help...

Running Start National Nonpartisan

Running Start is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for...

She Should Run National Nonpartisan

She Should Run is a non-partisan organization expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders. She Should Run’s Ask a Woman to Run...

SHE-PAC National Rep

SHE-PAC is a political action committee that makes contributions to campaigns of conservative women running for federal and state offices.

Smart Girl Politics National Nonpartisan

Created as a blog in 2008, Smart Girl Politics, Inc. is a national organization and social network for conservative women in the United States....

The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund National Rep The Susan B. Anthony List is a pro-life women's PAC designed to provide early money to women running for high national office.
Truman National Security Project National Nonpartisan The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of...
Value in Electing Women Political Action Committee (VIEW PAC) National Rep

Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee (VIEW PAC) wascreated to elect qualified Republican women to federal office. Founded in 1998...

Veterans Campaign National Nonpartisan

Veterans Campaign is the first ever non-partisan, non-ideological organization whose mission is to train veterans to run for public office. Our...

Voices of Conservative Women National Nonpartisan

VOICES of Conservative Women is a National nonpartisan, nonprofit working to encourage more women to be involved in public policy and train women...

VoteRunLead National Nonpartisan

VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and...

VoteRunLead National Nonpartisan

VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and...

VoteRunLead National Nonpartisan

VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and...

Wellstone Action! National Nonpartisan

Founded in 2003, Wellstone Action provides two types of campaign trainings.  Camp Wellstone is an intensive  training program open to anyone...

Woman's National Democratic Club PAC National Dem WNDC PAC has two goals: to elect a Democrat as President, and to maintain and build upon recent gains in Congressional races. The group also...
Women and Politics Institute
American University
National Nonpartisan Founded in 2000, the Women...
Women Lead PAC National Rep
Women on the Right UNITE National Rep

Women on the Right recruits and supports Republican women candidates.

Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC) National Nonpartisan Recognizing the need to develop a "farm team" of young women in elective office, WUFPAC supports the efforts of women under forty from all political...
Women Worth Watching
Women's Campaign Forum
National Nonpartisan Women Worth Watching is for Women's Campaign Forum's endorsed candidates. The program provides intimate feedback and assistance as women candidates...
Women's Action for New Directions PAC (WAND PAC) National Nonpartisan WAND PAC is a political action committee of WAND (Women's Action for New Directions) members. As a national membership organization, WAND works to...
Women's Campaign Fund National Nonpartisan The Women's Campaign Fund (WCF) is a non-partisan PAC whose mission is to provide women with the resources they need to win political office. WCF...
Women's Campaign Fund PAC National Nonpartisan

Women's Campaign Fund is the first national organization in the country to financially support women candidates. We are dedicated to supporting...

Women's Campaign School at Yale University
Yale University
National Nonpartisan Founded in 1993, the Women's Campaign School at Yale is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program that provides training for...
Women's Political Committee National Nonpartisan Established in 1984, the Women's Political Committee supports progressive women candidates for federal office. Candidates must support the National...
Young Women's Political Summit
Running Start
National Nonpartisan

Running Start offers a Young Women’s Political Summit to bring together women of all ages seeking inspiration and skills to enter the political...

Young Women’s Political Leadership Program
Running Start
National Nonpartisan

Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program (YWPL) introduces high school girls to the power of political leadership.  The program...