Emerge helped me reframe how I viewed myself and offered me the skills and support I needed to become a great candidate and a darn good legislator.
State House Representative Val Hoyle
Class of 2009
Emerge far surpassed my expectations...I loved the training and built an incredible network of friends throughout the state.
Eugene 4-J School Board Vice-Chair Jennifer Geller
Class of 2010
Emerge empowered me to embrace leadership and make bold decisions. Their women focused trainings build on the diverse talents of each individual. The knowledge I gained equipped me to better serve in my current elected capacity. I am now a stronger role model for my daughter and other women. Emerge deserves much of the credit for that.
Bend City Councilor and Mayor Pro Temp Jodie Barram
Class of 2010
The barriers to entry into the political scene can seem pretty darn imposing to the average citizen, but in a state that has never elected its fair share of women, those barriers can look even more foreboding. Emerge Oregon lowers those barriers and levels the playing field by de-mystifying the process of getting engaged, and connecting them to the knowledge and resources needed to win. The track record of the program now speaks for itself. Unless you are Oregon political royalty, and political knowledge and resources are being handed to you, Emerge is the equalizer you need to get engaged and get elected.
former Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden