To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.
Emerge Tennessee is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office.
Our program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles. Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a national, state, and local Emerge alumnae, and the Emerge Cabinet.
Emerge Tennessee was organized in the fall of 2016. In early spring of 2017, the organization hired its first Executive Director and began its first cohort in March. The first cohort trained and graduated 24 women. The fall 2017/spring 2018 cohort trained and graduated 26 women. In the spring of 2018 Emerge Tennessee held its first inaugural boot camp and trained 13 women.