News Articles

Mar 8 2018

“Since November of 2016, we’ve seen a movement sweep the country and women have stepped up to lead the resistance.  Women have decided that they are no longer accepting the status quo and have set out to make the government reflect their values and ideals,” Emerge Pennsylvania Executive Director Anne Wakabayashi said.  

Emerge Pennsylvania has 18 alumni of their training program running for the state legislature, including five for the state Senate and 13 for the state House.  

Feb 20 2018

There are 21 Emerge Pennsylvania Alumnae on the ballot this year! Check out the list to find out if an Emerge graduate is running near you. 

Jan 31 2018

The 2018 midterms will see an unprecedented number of women running for office — a demographic that currently makes up only 18.5 percent of Pennsylvania's General Assembly. Among these women is Jennifer O’Mara, a 2017 graduate of Penn's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences who works at Penn admissions. O’Mara is one of 27 women who make up the 2018 cohort of Emerge Pennsylvania, a branch of the Emerge America organization that helps women run for office. Emerge Pennsylvania was founded by state Reps. Mary Jo Daley (D-Pa.) and Tina Davis (D-Pa.).

Jan 16 2018

Board members, Marita Garrett, Nikki Lu, and Abigail Gardner are quoted. 

Dec 7 2017

Emerge Pennsylvania Graduate, Janet Díaz featured in La Voz Lancaster! 

Nov 14 2017

Emerge Pennsylvania alumna and board member, Lindsey Williams, and board member, Megan Williams were featured on the Incline's list of Who's Next in Politics. 

Nov 9 2017

Kristin Seale, who works for an energy non-profit and lives in Media, had already been thinking about getting involved in local politics after she was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to 2016’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but she said the shock of President Trump’s victory last November “sealed the deal.” She went through a training program for first-time candidates, filed to run for a seat on the Rose Tree Media school board, a longtime GOP bastion, and with her volunteers this fall rang about 3,000 doorbells.

Nov 8 2017

Wakabayashi is the executive director of Emerge Pennsylvania, the local chapter of the national accelerator for Democratic women running for office, which just had a killer night: Six out of six alumnae who ran for office, including five members of the 2017 class and one from 2016, won their races.

Oct 16 2017

Lindsey Williams, an Emerge Pennsylvania graduate, has announced her candidacy for Pa. State Senate, 38th district. Learn more about how she became a whistleblower on the Whistleblowers Association and why she is running for State Senate! 

Jul 10 2017

First-time candidate Deborah Kalina, who won her May 2017 primary election, is vying for a seat on Southern York County school board.

Kalina, 54, is president of the York County Democratic Federation of Women. She said women should be engaged in politics.

"I think the conversation is so divisive," the Codorus Township resident said. "We all have to understand what it's like to govern. It's by and for us."

Kalina participated in a six-month program called Emerge Pennsylvania, meant to support and train female Democrats who might be interested in running for office.

Kalina said not only did she learn organizational skills as an Emerge Pennsylvania graduate, but she also learned how to collect petition signatures for the ballot, craft a fundraising plan, write media messaging and develop a campaign strategy.

Blog Posts

Feb 20 2018

Emerge Pennsylvania has trained dozens of talented and driven women to run for office, but the driving force behind the organization are the board members and volunteers from all across the state who support the program.  Today, I spoke with Caitlin Handerhan from the northwest corner of Pa.

Feb 7 2017

My father has lived in the United States for 37 years. He came here on the heels of the Vietnam War, as a refugee. He rarely shares details about war-torn South Vietnam, where he and his four older siblings were born and spent the first decades of their lives. I don’t blame him for being private about what he saw and escaped. Like many Americans, I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in a place where military-grade weapons and guerrilla warfare are commonplace.

Oct 14 2015


Emerge Brings Its Winning Formula for Training Women to Run for Office to the Keystone State; Applications Open for First Class of 2016 Trainees

Press Releases

Mar 7 2018

Philadelphia - Emerge Pennsylvania, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today 21 of its program’s alumnae and current program members will be running for Congress and the State Legislature this cycle, in addition to 12 women running to become members of Democratic State Committee. This year’s group of Emerge Pennsylvania candidates is their largest ever and marks a major step towards the organization’s goal of changing the face of power in government and politics.


Dec 19 2017

One year after the presidential election, interest in Emerge Pennsylvania’s intensive seven-month training program was higher than ever. The organization received 57 applications from Democratic women who are interested in seeking public office across the Commonwealth. The Emerge Pennsylvania board has been interviewing applicants for weeks to narrow down the list of women who will be accepted into the 2018 cohort.

Oct 9 2017

Emerge Pennsylvania today announced eight new members joined its Board of Directors. These women are joining 16 current members of the board. 

Jun 9 2017

Twenty-three diverse women representing areas across the Commonwealth graduated from Emerge Pennsylvania’s intensive political training program on Monday, June 5th. The cohort met for one weekend per month for more than 70 hours of training on how to successfully run for public office.

Dec 27 2016

After the November 8th election, interest in the program surged with more than 100 women reaching out to apply and state interest in running for office across Pennsylvania. The applicants were narrowed down to the 25 diverse women from across the state who will be the next cohort. 

Feb 19 2016

Tuesday marked the filing deadline for this Spring’s Primary and Emerge Pennsylvania is proud to announce that 6 Emerge Pennsylvania women will be appearing on the ballot.  Emerge Pennsylvania is an organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office in order to increase the number of women in public office.

Jan 25 2016

The Board of Emerge Pennsylvania has selected the inaugural class of women to participate in Emerge’s intensive training.

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