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Center for Progressive Leadership

Works with: CPL's diverse set of leaders include individuals who are working at every level of civic involvement, including future candidates and public officials, advocacy and nonprofit leaders, community organizers and activists, and policy, government and media leaders. In each area, CPL targets and recruits leaders from communities which have traditionally lacked access to political power, including women, people of color, and GLBT individuals. Across CPL's long-term leadership programs, 60% of our participants have been women and almost 50% people of color.

States: Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

Mission: The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL) is a national civic training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change. CPL focuses on providing comprehensive, long-term leadership development for diverse civic leaders across the country. Our programs utilize a variety of techniques, including interactive workshops, mentorship, leadership coaching, field work, and peer networking and support.


Democracy for America

Works with: Progressive grassroots activists

States: Everywhere

Mission: Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, has over one million members nationwide. DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. We provide campaign training, organizing resources, and media exposure so our members have the power to support progressive issues and candidates up and down the ballot.


Good to Know: DFA also endorses candidates at all levels of office from School Board to the Presidency. A DFA-List endorsement brings our national network of activists together, providing key resources to the endorsed campaign: Time, People, Money and Media.

Democratic GAIN

States: Everywhere

Mission: Democratic GAIN is a national membership association for Democratic and progressive political professionals and organizations. GAIN trains and supports progressive political professionals so that individuals and organizations have the necessary talent to achieve landmark victories. GAIN provides an infrastructure that supports and connects members across the country. GAIN offers professional benefits, trainings, events, networking opportunities and career assistance to its members.


Emerge America

Works with: Democratic women who want to run for office (40% of alumnae are women of color and 10% are LGBT)

States: Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin

Mission: Emerge America is the essential step for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, seven-month training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. By providing women across America with a top-notch training and a powerful political network, we are getting more Democrats into office and changing the leadership - and politics - of America.


EMILY's List

Works with: Qualified, pro-choice women ready to wage and win campaigns for state and local offices.

States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin

Mission: The dedicated Political Opportunity Program (POP) team hits the road every week to recruit, train, and support women candidates – knowing that a key reason women hesitate to run for office is because they simply haven't been asked. POP identifies tomorrow’s political leaders – and we ask! POP’s goal is a steady and sustainable increase of women in the political pipeline, where they gain the leadership and legislative skills necessary to be effective in their current offices and – if they wish – prepare for statewide or federal campaigns. Yes, we’re building a farm team, but by helping women win key races up and down the ballot – the legislators who write laws, the attorneys general who defend and enforce them, the secretaries of state who oversee their states’ elections – POP also helps put women in charge of the decisions that affect each of us, every day.


How to Apply: Apply for a training in your state here. To find a job as a political staffer, visit here.

Program Name(s): Political Opportunity Program (POP)

Front Line Leaders Academy

Works with: FLLA provides prospective candidates and campaign leaders the opportunity to learn from successful political campaign professionals.

Mission: For eight months FLLA works with young, emerging leaders and provides trainings on a wide range of leadership development and political skills. Fellows receive training on the five core competencies of political campaigns. Fellows selected to this elite academy are trained on how to be an effective candidate, campaign manager, finance director, communication director and field organizer. This campaign and leadership development program offers intense trainings for young leaders who demonstrate the potential and desire to run for office or take on a leadership role within a campaign.


How to Apply: Download the application here.

New American Leaders Project

Works with: First- and second-generation immigrants with a track record of civic involvement.

Mission: The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. Nearly one in five Americans is an immigrant or a child of immigrant parents. At NALP, we believe that through civic engagement and leadership, immigrants and their children can help strengthen the fabric of American democracy. The New American Leaders Project recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol. We provide new American leaders with a non-partisan, safe space in which they can learn about the challenges and opportunities of citizenship commitment and determine how they can best contribute to making our democracy stronger and more vibrant.


How to Apply: Fill out the form here.

New Leader's Council

Works with: Young professional leaders, generally ages 22 to 35, per region per year. Fellows have generally created an organization or business, led an organization or business to greatness, or demonstrated an interest in and ability to create change by realizing a vision and compelling others to follow it. Fellows represent the diversity of the progressive movement. They are progressives at the early stage of their careers or interested in changing careers, and have generally completed all of their studies. They are recruited from a cross-section of society.

States: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

Mission: The mission of New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC believes in recruiting emerging leaders from outside of the traditional power structures, engaging them on both local and national levels, and equipping them to be civic leaders – not only for elective office, but also in their communities and workplaces.


How to Apply: Begin the application process here.

Progressive Majority

Works with: Progressive Majority supports the strongest progressives to run for office in the toughest states in the nation. The political team vets candidates to make sure they are politically viable, passionate about our progressive values, committed to achieving progressive change once elected, and represent the full diversity of our nation.

States: Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Mission: Progressive Majority's mission is to elect progressive champions. We accomplish this by identifying and recruiting the best progressive leaders to run for office, coaching and supporting their candidacies by providing strategic message, campaign, and technical support, prioritizing the recruitment and election of candidates of color, and bringing new people into the political process at all levels. Our strategy is to fill the political pipeline with vibrant, politically viable candidates who can win at every level of government. This strategy has helped elect 411 progressive champions to office and we have no intention of slowing down.


How to Apply: Fill out this form and Progressive Majority will contact you.

Running Start

Works with: Young women interested in being activists or holding office.

States: Everywhere

Mission: Running Start supports the young women who will shape tomorrow’s world. We aim to plant the seed of interest in politics so that they will run earlier, climb higher through leadership, and share more in the decision making power of their country. These young women will bring in new ideas to help solve old problems, and will raise issues unique to their lives that have otherwise been overlooked in politics. We founded Running Start to address the absence of equal representation in the halls of government. We continue to educate and inspire around these pillars of our mission: We need more women in political office, leadership positions come from experience & tenure, planting the seeds early encourages women to run, and education prepares young women to lead.


How to Apply: Visit here to learn more about specific Running Start programs.

Program Name(s): The Young Women's Political Leadership Program, the Star Fellowship, Elect Her, Path to Politics seminar, and the Next Step program.

Running to Govern

Works with: We will recruit candidates who are fully committed to good politics and effective policy. A candidate will never be able to govern if they don’t win. Conversely they cannot govern effectively if they run a divisive campaign full of empty promises.

Mission: Running to Govern was founded to recruit, train, support, and hold accountable a new generation of elected leaders who are committed to effective and responsible governance. We are all-partisan and believe that there is nothing inherently wrong with politics or partisanship. What is wrong, however, is when politics and partisanship turn legislating and governing into a zero-sum game. Even if just a few far-sighted leaders are successful by taking a different path others will follow.


Good to Know: Running to Govern focuses entirely on candidates who have already declared their candidacy. Training is provided through long term mentorships with Running to Govern advisers.

The 2012 Project

Works with: Executive-level, accomplished women in the private and public sectors who have not previously considered running for office.

Mission: The 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of the once-in-a-decade opportunities of 2012.


How to Apply: To be contacted by a representative of the 2012 Project, please fill out this form.

The Bus Project

Works with: The Bus Project's Politicorps fellowship works with people 20-24 years old.

States: Everywhere

Mission: PolitiCorps is a national leadership development program and political organizing bootcamp designed to engage and prepare college students and recent graduates for a life of public service through a combination of skills and policy classes, intensive field work, strategic planning exercises, and access to a broad network of activists, strategists, and policymakers.


How to Apply: Please fill out the form here and you will be contacted by Politicorps.

Program Name(s): Politcorps

The White House Project

Works with: Women

States: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Mission: The White House Project aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women we make American institutions, businesses, and government truly representative. Through multi-platform programs, The White House Project creates a culture where America’s most valuable untapped resource—women—can succeed in all realms.


How to Apply: Go here here to view and apply for trainings in your area.

Program Name(s): Vote, Run, Lead

Truman National Security Project

Works with: Works with progressives, elected officials and their staffers, and veterans interested in improving foreign policy through the public sector.

States: Everywhere

Mission: Our mission is to provide the skills, knowledge, and network to create an influential force of leaders across the country who advance strong progressive national security policy.


How to Apply: Please go here to view and apply to specific Truman Project programs.

Program Name(s): Truman Security Fellowship, National Security Bootcamps, Military 101, Summer Intern Springboard, Congressional Security Scholars, and the Executive Agency Training Program.

Good to Know: For online training materials, please go here here.

Victory Fund

Works with: The Victory Fund works with openly LGBT candidates, or those managing campaigns for openly LGBT candidates.

States: Everywhere

Mission: To change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all levels of government.


How to Apply: Apply for a training here.

Wellstone Action

Works with: Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund train in every community and across all sectors of the progressive movement. Whether you're a candidate, a non-profit leader, a union member, or a student, we have trainings, tools, and resources geared just for you.

States: Everywhere

Mission: For the past seven years, Wellstone Action has worked to turn the tide away from conservatives and give tens of thousands of progressives the skills to win elections and advance an agenda of change. Now, with the election of President Barack Obama and the mobilization of millions of Americans to become engaged in politics for the first time, Wellstone Action and the progressive movement have incredible opportunities to not only tap into the energy of those volunteers and voters, but build on the skills and experience to develop thousands of candidates, campaign workers, and issue campaign organizers.


How to Apply: To view and apply for specific Wellstone Action programs, please visit this page.

Good to Know: Wellstone Action has several resources available online here.

Women's Campaign Forum

Works with: Pro-choice women.

States: Everywhere

Mission: It is essential to the health and future of our country that 50% of our population have equal power and leadership. WCF is dedicated to helping this country achieve equality in public life for women.


How to Apply: Apply for the WCF Fellowship Program here, or apply for the She Should Run program here.

Program Name(s): She Should Run, WCF Fellowship Program

Good to Know: View online resources for the She Should Run program at the She Should Run website.

Young Elected Officials Network

Works with: Young, progressive elected officials and candidates

States: Everywhere

Mission: The Young Elected Officials Network understands the unique needs of progressive young electeds, and its mission is to unite and support leaders under the age of 35 who share a passion for building communities that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity. Just as the word “progressive” evokes an image of moving forward, the YEO Network aims to help propel young electeds successfully along their path to becoming effective public servants. By exchanging ideas, networking with like-minded elected officials, developing leadership skills, and connecting with policy development organizations and think tanks, members are empowered to transform their political vision into progressive action.