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
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...

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...
Boss Ladies: Training the Next Generation of Campaign Leaders
IGNITE and New American Leaders
National Nonpartisan

During an immersive half-day training, participants will learn how to find a position that fits your skill set and professional goals, figure out...

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 Women's 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...

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 Training
Lillian's List
NC Dem Founded in 1998, Lillian's List is an independent political committee dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to the North Carolina General...
Candidate 101 Training
Annie's List
TX Dem

The program is tailored for progressive, Democratic women who are considering a run for elective office at any level. The trainings are full-day,...

Candidate Schools
Eleanor's Legacy
NY Dem

Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee (ELRC) Candidate Schools help women develop the skills they need to win elections. These day-long intensive...

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
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
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...

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 –...

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...

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...
Emerge Alabama
Emerge America
AL Dem

Emerge Alabama inspires women to run for public office, and hones their skills to win. Their goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in...

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...
Emerge Arizona
Emerge America
AZ Dem Arizona Emerge, part of the Emerge America Network, is a political leadership training program for Democratic women in Arizona. The Emerge mission...
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...
Emerge Colorado CO Dem

Emerge Colorado is changing the face of Colorado politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to...

Emerge Connecticut CT Dem

Emerge recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office.

Emerge Kentucky
Emerge America
KY Dem Emerge Kentucky is a political leadership program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to identify,...
Emerge Louisiana
Emerge America
LA Dem

Emerge Louisiana recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office.

Emerge Maine
Emerge America
ME Dem Emerge Maine is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to identify...
Emerge Maryland MD Dem

Emerge Maryland is changing the face of Maryland politics by identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office, get elected...

Emerge Massachusetts
Emerge America
MA Dem Emerge Massachusetts is a political leadership program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to identify,...
Emerge Michigan MI Dem

Emerge Michigan is changing the face of politics by identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office, get elected and to...

Emerge Nevada
Emerge America
NV Dem Emerge Nevada is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to identify...
Emerge New Jersey NJ Dem

Emerge New Jersey is a political leadership training program for Democratic women. The Emerge mission is to identify, educate, and inspire...

Emerge New Mexico
Emerge America
NM Dem Emerge New Mexico is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to...
Emerge New York
Emerge America
NY Dem

Emerge New York recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office.

Emerge Oregon
Emerge America
OR Dem Emerge Oregon is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to identify...
Emerge Pennsylvania PA Dem

Emerge Pennsylvania is changing the face of PA politics by identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office, get elected...

Emerge South Carolina
Emerge America
SC Dem

Emerge South Carolina, part of the Emerge America Network, is a political leadership training program for Democratic women in South Carolina. The...

Emerge Tennessee TN Dem

Program Description: Emerge Tennessee, founded in 2016, is the premier campaign-training program for Democratic women in the state. The Emerge...

Emerge Vermont VT Dem

Emerge Vermont is a political leadership training program for Democratic women. The Emerge mission is to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic...

Emerge Virginia VA Dem

Emerge Virginia is changing the face of Virginia politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to...

Emerge Washington
Emerge America
WA Dem

Emerge Washington is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to...

Emerge Wisconsin
Emerge America
WI Dem Emerge Wisconsin is a political leadership training program for Democratic women, part of the Emerge America network. The Emerge mission is to...
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...

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...

Frontrunners: Women with political ambition
UMN Center on Women and Public Policy
MN Nonpartisan Front Runners is a network of women interested in making change through a political life. Women meet monthly for networking, inspiration, confidence...
Georgia's WIN List GA Dem

Georgia's WIN List is a political action committee that provides financial, strategic and political support to Democratic women running for...

Her Term GA Dem

Her Term is a Georgia-based initiative created to recruit women to run for public office at the local, state, and national levels. Our name...

IDW Campaign Training
Illinois Democratic Women
IL Dem

Founded in 1971 to work for more equitable representation and participation of Democratic women in all levels of the Democratic Party and at all...

Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership IL Dem

The Illinois Womens Institute for Leadership (IWIL) is an educational organization that exists to encourage and train women to become effective...

LBJ Women's Campaign School National, TX Nonpartisan

The LBJ Women's Campaign School trains women to run for office or manage campaigns regardless of political party affiliation. 

LBJ Women's Campaign School National, TX Nonpartisan

The LBJ Women's Campaign School trains women to run for office or manage campaigns regardless of political party affiliation. 

Leap into Leadership
Wyoming Womens Legislative Caucus
WY Nonpartisan The Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus hosts the annual Leap into Leadership event at the Wyoming State Capitol in partnership with Equality State...

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