Application Process

Applications for Emerge CA Class of 2019 are closed.

Applications for Class of 2019 will be open June 1 - September 1 at 11:59p

For more information about the application and selection process, please email

Application Timeline

  • Applications open: Friday, June 1 - Saturday, September 1 at 11:59pm pacific time

  • Invitations extended for in-person interviews: Thursday, October 4

  • In-person interviews: Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21

  • Notification for Class of 2019: Monday, November 5

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with your completed application. You can make the payment online or mail a check or money order payable to Emerge California to: Deane & Company, Attn: Emerge CA, 1787 Tribute Road, Suite KSacramento, CA 95815

Region Details
We anticipate the Emerge California Class of 2019 will have three distinct programs: Northern California, Southern California and Central Valley.

When filling out your application, please select the appropriate region for your participation. Region is determined based on residence. Depending on applicant numbers, it may be necessary to assign class members to a different program. Any such decisions will be made in consultation with class members.

  • Northern California includes the following counties: Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Mendocino, Tehama, Plumas, Napa, Lake, Sierra, Alpine, Calavernas, Mono, Tuolumne, Inyo, San Benito, Monterey, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Mariposa

  • Central Valley includes the following counties: Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Sutter, Yuba, Yolo, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern

  • Southern California includes the following counties: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial

Class of 2019 Training Schedule

Northern California

  • Orientation + Session 1: San Francisco; Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Training Session 2: Oakland; Saturday, January 5 & Sunday, January 6, 2019

  • Training Session 3: San Jose; Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February, 10, 2019

  • Training Session 4: San Francisco; Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Training Session 5 + Graduation: Oakland; Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28, 2019

Southern California

  • Orientation + Session 1: San Francisco; Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Training Session 2: Riverside; Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • Training Session 3: Los Angeles; Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10, 2019

  • Training Session 4: San Diego; Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2019

  • Training Session 5 + Graduation: Los Angeles; Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019

Central Valley

  • Orientation + Session 1: San Francisco; Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Training Session 2: Fresno;  Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • Training Session 3: Modesto; Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17, 2019

  • Training Session 4: Bakersfield; Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17, 2019

  • Training Session 5 + Graduation: Sacramento; Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019


Tuition for the Emerge CA program is $1,500, to cover some of the costs associated with trainings that are otherwise subsidized by Emerge CA. Emerge California believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program.  Partial (up to 50%) financial aid may be awarded after admission to the program. Emerge California can also assist in brainstorming ways to raise funds to cover the rest of your payment.

Fundraising Commitment

As part of fundraising skills development, program participants are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 for Emerge California during the program year in addition to the tuition fee discussed above. The program offers opportunities and support for participants to fulfill this requirement. The program is committed to helping women become excellent fundraisers, and raising funds for the organization is one of the best—and most fun—ways to perfect this skill.


Traveling to the training sessions is a requirement of the program. The first training weekend is the only training session in which all cohorts will come together in the same region. Therefore, Emerge California will cover the cost of transportation and a one-night hotel stay only for any program member who resides 30 miles or more outside of the training location. Please note that all other travel expenses are not included in the program and must be covered by program members (hotel, airfare, mileage, toll, taxis, shuttles, etc.).

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge California program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Over the five-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. All five training sessions are mandatory - missing a training session may impact graduation and further participation in the program.

Selection Criteria and Process

Emerge California seeks Democratic women in the state of California who are committed to run for elected office at the local level. Selected applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • commitment to running for identified local political office in the next few years

  • anticipated ability to perform well as a candidate following Emerge’s training

  • commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings

  • residence in the program region they are applying to

Scoring criteria for selection to the program are listed below. Emerge California understands that the strengths and weakness of each program applicant varies.

  • evidence of political experience and leadership potential

  • meaningful involvement in community seeking to represent/with subject matter of office (e.g. education for school board)

  • demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal, previous leadership roles, etc.

  • existing networks & ability to build necessary political coalition

  • demonstrated commitment to public service

  • ability to articulate a personal political vision

  • professional written and oral communications/presentation

  • ability to inspire others

  • past experience and anticipated aptitude for fundraising

Applicants must be women who are registered Democrats and who reside in the state of California.

Emerge California anticipates selecting a Northern California cohort of between 20-25 women, a Southern California cohort of between 20-25 women and a Central Valley cohort of between 20-25 women who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be elected officials.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all who identify as women (both cis and transgender women) regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability status, or other such characteristics.

Applications for Emerge CA's 2019 class are closed. 

Put Yourself On The Ballot

Learn about the Emerge program, how to apply and get connected to our Council of Allies

Support Our Work

Emerge California needs your help to expand our training.