Emerge America Staff

Judy Neufeld, Vice President
Judy Pineda Neufeld began her tenure as Vice President in January 2013, and is an alumna of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2009. Prior to her current role, Judy served as the Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts for nearly three years. As Executive Director, Judy increased the size and diversity of the program members in the Emerge Massachusetts classes and successfully designed and implemented a pilot candidate training bootcamp program in May 2012.
Before starting as the Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts, she was the Manager of Recruitment and Community Partnerships at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the largest and oldest mentoring organization in Greater Boston exclusively serving girls.  While at Big Sister, Judy managed all volunteer and child recruitment for the agency, developed a Diversity Council to recruit more women of color, and created a thriving Alumnae Association.
Judy Neufeld has worked on numerous political campaigns in Massachusetts. She managed Marty Walz's successful run for State Representative in the 8th Suffolk District in 2004 and was Deputy Campaign Manager for Marty Martinez's city-wide campaign for Alderman at Large in Somerville in 2007. She is the former Co-President for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women and chaired their Political Action Committee in 2010.  Judy has also served as the Chair of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville.
Judy can be reached at judy@emergeamerica.org.
Alisha Woodward, 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.

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

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