Emerge Nevada Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

Photo Credit: Carissa Snedeker

Emerge Nevada, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, announced today that it has selected its 2017 class. This year’s group of future women political leaders was limited to women who intend to run for office within the next three years. Many have never been involved in grassroots politics before, which is owed to new and historic interest after the 2016 election. The women hail from both the north and southern parts of Nevada, come from diverse backgrounds, spanning the spectrum of races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels and professional experiences.

“Emerge Nevada is thrilled to welcome our class of 2017,” said Marla Turner, President of Emerge Nevada. “Our organization selected exceptional applicants, who will seize on political opportunities once they are given the tools necessary to run an effective campaign. Given the results of the November election and the need for Democrats to regain power they’ve lost over the last few cycles, these women’s voices are needed in our government now more than ever.”

Emerge Nevada’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 90 hours of in-depth education over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The 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 association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.

“I’m excited to be a part of Emerge Nevada’s 2017 class and am looking forward to learning how I can use my skills and experience to chart a path to a successful career in politics,” said Alison Brasier. “While Nevada is doing better than most states, our government in general doesn’t have nearly enough women serving in it. I hope my classmates and I will go on to become Nevada’s next generation of female political leaders.”

Emerge Nevada has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2007, the program has equipped more than 150 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. More than 65% of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 89% have won. Emerge Nevada’s commitment to diversity also means that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and all walks of life.

“The results of the 2016 election were certainly a wakeup call for me,” said Tacy Geesaman. “The morning after, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait for other people to make my community, state and country a better place. It was time for me to step up myself.”

Criteria for selection into the class included, evidence of political leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in workplace or community; interest in pursuing political office; demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal; ability and desire to build effective networks; ability to articulate a personal political vision; demonstrated ability to inspire others; and commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings. Applicants had to be registered Democrats. Women of all ages, races, nationalities, marital status, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and physical abilities were encouraged to apply.

The 2017 Emerge Nevada Class:

  • Nancy Ayala
  • Shea Backus
  • Angela Best
  • Alison Brasier
  • Catherine Byrne
  • Kasina Douglass Boone
  • Asbury Edens
  • Tacy Geesaman
  • Anat Levy
  • Patrina McKinney
  • Erica Mosca
  • Sheila Peuchaud

Register Now to Attend the Democratic Training Summit

Dear Democratic Activist,

 I hope you are as excited about our upcoming Training Summit on October 12 in Las Vegas and October 13 in Reno as I am!  We finally have the Eventbrite sign-ups ready to go so please reserve your spot as soon as possible as space is limited. 

Our training will include presentations from NGP/VAN, the Democratic National Committee, the Association of State Democratic Party Chairs and the Nevada State Democratic Party.  The agenda is still being finalized, but the training topics will include: using the voter file, social media, neighborhood organizing and much more.  The cost for the training is $25.00 and will include breakfast and a boxed lunch. 

The training is open to any registered Democrat no matter whether you are a seasoned volunteer, a candidate or someone new looking to get involved for the first time

Sign up using the links below and make sure to tell all of your fellow Democrats you are attending using #NVDemsSummit.

See you at the Activist Summit.

Chairwoman, Nevada State Democratic Party

Upcoming EMILY’s List Training – Las Vegas, NV

— by Katie Simon, Political Opportunity Program, EMILY’s List 

As you may know, EMILY’s List is a political donor network and political resource for pro-choice Democratic women candidates. EMILY’s List has initiated a program designed to recruit and train women to run for and serve in elected office in the states.

On April 28th, EMILY’s List will be offering a terrific training opportunity in Las Vegas, Nevada for pro-choice Democratic women and their key campaign staff. We would like to extend an invitation for you or someone you know to participate in the training.

Thinking about running for elective office? Are you a key campaign staffer for a pro-choice Democratic woman candidate? Whether a pro-choice Democratic woman is currently serving on the school board, or in the State Assembly, or just beginning to think about running for elective office, we are certain this training will provide her with the skills and inspiration needed to successfully run for office.

The program, including materials and meals is free, however space is limited.  Partial participation is not possible – you must make a commitment to attend the full program in order to be allocated a seat at the training.  A logistics email will follow your registration.

Please respond to this invitation by registering for training at the link below:


We hope you or someone you know will be able to join us.  If you have any questions, or would like further details, please contact Jessica Byrd at 202-326-1400 or jbyrd@emilyslist.org.

National Rural Education Technology Summit 2.0

Whether you’re on a farm, in a small town, or at home in your slippers, we’re inviting you to join us on Monday, April 30, from noon to 6 p.m. ET for the National Rural Education Technology Summit 2.0, as we use the power of technology to overcome distance, bring resources to rural schools, and engage administrators, teachers, and students in this free virtual conference.

To join the summit, visit www.ruraleducationtechsummit.org and register today. After registering, you will be able to view the program, which will include live STEM sessions ideal for classroom participation, afternoon professional development opportunities,and messages from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski,

You will also learn more about college and career-ready standards implementation, and utilizing the Department of Education’s online communities of practice.

In between sessions, visit the virtual resource hall for information on a variety of federal programs, loans, and grant funding opportunities. Most of all plan to participate with presenters and each other, chatting at the Summit and live on Twitter using hashtag #ruraled. See you at the Summit!

John White is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education

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