Class of 2022

Our 2022 Cohort is Graduating!!

The lineup of powerful women includes business leaders, attorneys, community organizers, educators, policy experts, and entrepreneurs—some who have already announced their candidacies for public office.


Class of 2022!

The Signature and Pueblo Bootcamp Class of 2022 represents the most diverse class in Emerge Colorado history, furthering our commitment to seeing Colorado represented by the New American Majority. These women come from communities across Colorado, have unique backgrounds, experiences, and identities that will serve to represent the incredible diversity of the state, and will look to repower Colorado’s political structures as public servants, changemakers, and elected officials. With 11 2022 cohort members having already filed for office, we already see the impacts of our Emerge 2022 rising stars.
“These are some of the most exciting women in politics today,” said Lisa Calderón, Emerge Colorado’s Executive Director. “They have the vision, determination, and brilliance to lead their communities forward into the future.”

Emerge Colorado Signature Class of 2022

Asmeret Tesfay, Denver County

Candice Bailey, Arapahoe County

Charlene Emory, Denver County

Elisabeth Epps, Denver County, candidate for State House District 6

Elizabeth Velasco, Garfield County, candidate for State House District 57

Felicia Malone-Flowers, Adams County

Isabel Cruz, Jefferson County

Jo Acker, Adams County

Justine Sandoval, Denver County

Leora Joseph, Denver County

Leslie Twarogowski, Denver County, candidate Denver City Council At-Large

Madelyn Percy, Denver County

Mary Anciso-Chavez, Pueblo County

Melanie Kesner, Denver County

Olu’Kemi Akeju, Arapahoe County

Rebecca Zimmerman, Denver County

Shannon Hoffman, Denver County, candidate for Denver City Council District 10

Sol Sandoval, Pueblo County, candidate for Colorado Congressional District 3

Stacey Nell, Summit County, Candidate for Summit County Clerk and Recorder

Susmita Saha, Broomfield County

Taishya Adams, Boulder County

Wafa Saeed, Denver County

 Emerge Colorado 2022 Pueblo Bootcamp Graduates

Ayah Al-Durazi, Denver County

Nadia Amarikini, Denver County

Tiffany Caudill, Candidate for Denver City Council District 2

Genevieve Bassett, Denver County

Donna Chrisjohn, Denver County

LaShawn Dixon, Denver County

Shaye Donohue, Denver County

Xóchitl Gaytán, Denver Public School Board President

Monica Hughes, Pueblo County

Jess Kidd, Denver County

Zolanye McCulley-Bachicha, Democratic candidate for Pueblo Corner

Gillian McNally, Denver County

Joselida Mercado, Jefferson County

Roxy Pignanelli, Democratic Candidate for Pueblo County Commissioner

Candace Rivera, Democratic Candidate for Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder

Rebecca Robles, Pueblo County

Megan Strauss, Chaffee County

Madison Taylor, Pueblo County


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