About Us

Are you a Democratic woman in Colorado who wants to run for office? Join Emerge Colorado today!

Our Mission

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

Who We Are

Emerge Colorado is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training, and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office across the state.

We offer the only in-depth, six-month, 100-hour, training program that provides aspiring women leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and step into political power.

Our program’s trainers are an experienced team of campaign consultants, advisors, political operatives, and staff from all over the state and 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, ethical leadership, 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 association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board, and advisory council members.

  • More than 500 women trained to run for office since 2013;
  • More than 60 alums currently serving in elected office across Colorado;
  • Over 60% of Emerge Colorado alumnae have run for office or been appointed to local boards or commissions;
  • Strong record of diversity including rural counties, union representation, LGBTQIA+ communities, and women of color.


Emerge Colorado 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 27 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin with plans to expand to more soon. Women who graduate from Emerge Colorado’s training programs are plugged into both the state network of Emerge Colorado alumnae, as well as the national network of Emerge alumnae across the country. 

Emerge Colorado's Work Is Needed


Colorado women have ever served as Denver Mayor, Governor, or US Senator


Democratic women currently hold statewide elected office in Colorado


Women serving in State Legislature v. 50% of women living in Colorado

Why Women?

  • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equity and justice;
  • When women hold public office they are more actively involved in a variety of gender-salient issue areas, including healthcare, the economy, education, and the environment;
  • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power, and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where men have trouble finding common ground.