Emerge America Staff

Andrea Dew Steele, Founder and President

Andrea is the Founder of Emerge America. She is also a co-founder of our first affiliate, Emerge California. Andrea is passionate about electing Democratic women to office at every level and is motivated by a life-long commitment to progressive politics and change. She believes strongly that electing more women is a critical part of the progressive solution. Andrea served for 8+ years as Political and Philanthropic Advisor to Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of Esprit Clothing and Democratic activist and philanthropist. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Andrea worked for many years in Washington D.C. as a policy analyst on Capitol Hill and fundraiser for Democratic candidates and committees. Andrea holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics. Most recently, Andrea served as the Director of the Northern California office of Human Rights Watch.

Andrea can be reached via email at asteele@emergeamerica.org

Alisha Woodward Burleson, National Director

Alisha Woodward came to Emerge America in March 2010 and is currently Emerge America's National Director. 

Alisha started her political career as the Training Assistant for EMILY's List during the 2008 election cycle. While at EMILY''s List she helped manage their job bank and coordinated their endorsement logistics for 284 candidates in the Political Opportunity Program (POP) which helps pro-choice Democratic women run for and win state and local office. Before coming to Emerge, she was on the finance team for a U.S. Senate campaign where she managed the call time and low dollar fundraising program. 

Alisha graduated from the University of San Diego in 2002 with a B.A in Political Science and has a deep seated passion for politics and getting more women elected to all levels of office. She lives in Martinez with her husband and new daughter. 

Alisha can be reached via email at alisha@emergeamerica.org.

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