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
131 & Counting DC, National Nonpartisan

131 & Counting aims to support the growing number of women lawmakers and their staff by bringing together public policy professionals and...

131 & Counting DC, National Nonpartisan

131 & Counting aims to support the growing number of women lawmakers and their staff by bringing together public policy professionals and...

21 in '21 Initiative NY Nonpartisan

The primary mission of 21 in ’21 is to elect at least 21 women to the NYC Council by 2021, by creating a pipeline of prospective candidates...

21st Century Leadership Academy
Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
MO Nonpartisan

The 21st Century Leadership Academy is a week-long residential leadership development program for Missouri college students designed to stimulate...

50-50 in 2020 IA Nonpartisan 50-50 in 2020 is a ten-year bipartisan initiative to recruit, train and mentor women candidates in Iowa. The goal is to elect women to 50% of the...
A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy
IAFF Firefighters
MD Nonpartisan

Developed through FIREPAC, the IAFF Political Training Academy educates and assists campaign veterans and political newcomers alike on how to run...

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,...
Alabama Association of University Women (AAUW) AL Nonpartisan

The AAUW of Alabama advances equity for women and girls throughadvocacy, education, and research.  AAUW of Alabama has local chapters throughout...

Alabama Federation of Democratic Women AL Dem

The Alabama Federation of Democratic Women unites Alabama women to advance the Democratic ideals of opportunity for all, responsibility from all...

Alabama Federation of Democratic Women AL Dem

The Alabama Federation of Democratic Women unites Alabama women to advance the Democratic ideals of opportunity for all, responsibility from all...

Alabama Federation of Republican Women AL Rep The Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW) seeks to positively affect our nation and strengthen the Republican Party through recruiting,...
Alabama NOW
National Organization for Women
AL Nonpartisan

NOW chapters focus on six priority issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity...

Alaska Federation of Republican Women AK Rep

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

Alaska NOW
National Organization for Women
AK Nonpartisan

Sponsored by the National Organization for Women, Alaska NOW is a group of feminist grassroots activists dedicated to a multi-issue and multi-...

Alaska Women for Political Action AK Nonpartisan

Alaska Women for Political Action (AWPA) is a multi-partisan, multi-cultural grassroots organization. AWPA is dedicated to increasing women's...

Alene Moris National Education for Women's Leadership
Women's Center, University of Washington, Seattle
WA Nonpartisan

Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute is an intensive six-day residential institute open to women students who attend universities or colleges in...

All In Together National Nonpartisan

The All In Together Campaign (AIT) is the only non-partisan women’s organization committed to delivering cross-sector, innovative solutions to...

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oregon OR Nonpartisan AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW of Oregon promotes advocacy, takes action to...
American Majority VA Nonpartisan Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state...
American Nurses 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...

Annie's List TX Dem Annie's List aims to recruit, train, and support progressive Democratic women to run for office across the state.
Arizona Center for Civic Leadership AZ Nonpartisan The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership includes the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Arizona Civic Leadership Collaborative, and an ongoing...
Arizona Federation of Democratic Women AZ Dem

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

Arizona Federation of Republican Women AZ Rep

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) works to promote an informed electorate through political education; foster loyalty to the...

Arizona Leading for Change AZ Nonpartisan

Leading For Change (LFC) is a non-profit, non-partisan training organization dedicated to developing the next generation of civic leaders in their...

Arizona List AZ Dem The purpose of the Arizona List is to help elect pro-choice Democratic women running for office in Arizona.
Arizona NOW AZ 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...
Arizona Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
AZ Nonpartisan

Founded in 1971, the Arizona Women's Political Caucus is a multi-partisan political organization dedicated to increasing the number of women...

Arizona Women's Political Caucus PAC
National Women's Political Caucus
AZ Nonpartisan Founded in 1971, the Arizona Women's Political Caucus is a multi-partisan political organization dedicated to increasing the number of women elected...
Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women AR Dem

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

Arkansas Federation of Republican Women AR Rep

Founded in 1948 and affiliated with the NFRW in 1955, the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women has sponsored campaign management schools and...

Arkansas GOP Campaign Training
Arkansas Republican Party
AR Rep The Republican Party of Arkansas provides a number of campaign and grassroots training programs throughout the state and at different points of the...
Arkansas NOW
National Organization for Women
AR 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...

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies DC Nonpartisan The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is dedicated to ensuring the participation and success of Asian Pacific...
Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program
Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
LA Nonpartisan

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program is a nine-month program to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the...

Bi-Partisan Coalition for Women's Appointments
Center for American Women and Politics
NJ Nonpartisan

The New Jersey Bipartisan Coalition for Women’s Appointments (BCWA) is a statewide, bipartisan group of prominent women and organizations convened...

Black Girls Vote National Nonpartisan

The mission of Black Girls Vote is to inspire women of color to use the political process to improve the quality of life for their families and...

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...
C.R.E.W. - Civically Re-Engaged Women
CUNY - School of Professionalism
NY Nonpartisan

Learn the essential tools needed to run a political campaign. Learn from experienced professionals and today’s political leaders about how to get...

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 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...

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