About Us

Emerge Vermont is the state's premier organization that recruits, trains and provides a powerful network to Democratic women who want to run for office.

Our Mission

To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.

Why Women?

  • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equality and fairness.
  • When women hold public office they focus on issues that matter most to women, including healthcare, the economy, education and the environment.
  • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power, and find collaborative solutions to difficult problems.

We offer the only in-depth six-month, 70+ hour training program that provides aspiring women leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.

Our program’s trainers are a skilled team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over Vermont and the country. 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 dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes Emerge alumnae, board members, and advisory council members from across the country.

Emerge Vermont Quick Facts

  • 135 women have completed our Signature or Bootcamp Training Programs
  • 38 Emerge Vermont alumnae have or are running for office in 2020
  • 36 Emerge Vermont alumnae currently hold elected office, including the state’s only female mayor and the Majority Leader of the State Senate
  • 83% win rate for Emerge Vermont Alumnae running for office


Emerge Vermont is a state affiliate of Emerge, which has trained more than 4,000 women to run for office since 2002. Emerge alumnae across the country have won more the 1,000 elections to date and hold office at every level of government. There are currently Emerge affiliates in 26 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin with plans to expand to more in the near future. Women who graduate from Emerge Vermont’s training program are involved with both the state network of Emerge Vermont alumnae, as well as the national network of Emerge alumnae across the country.

Emerge Vermont Works


Vermont women trained


alumnae currently in office


alumnae on the ballot in 2020


graduates in 2020