Alumnae in the News

Alumnae Spotlight

Emily Murase

San Francisco School Board President

Emerge California, 2003

Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor

Emerge California, 2009

Michelle Wu

Boston City Councilmember

Emerge Massachusetts, 2010

Attica Scott

Kentucky State House, District 41

Emerge Kentucky, 2010

Brenda Brathwaite

Atlantic County Freeholder Candidate

Emerge New Jersey, 2015

Suzanna Shkreli

Michigan Congressional Candidate, 8th District

Emerge Michigan

Lateefah Simon

Candidate for BART Board of Directors

Emerge California, 2009

Vicki Veenker

California State Assembly Candidate, District 24

Emerge California, 2006

Alumnae In The News

Jun 5 2016

Emerge Oregon had a lot to celebrate after Oregon’s primary elections this year. Fourteen of the 18 candidates it backed won their races, including Eugene Mayor-elect Lucy Vinis and Julie Fahey, who is the Democratic nominee for state House District 14 (Eugene/Junction City). Both are political newcomers. A third Emerge almumna, Sheri Moore, is in a runoff for Springfield City Council.

Emerge is a relatively new organization — it began in California in 2002 and now has chapters in 16 states, including Oregon, where it launched in 2008.

May 23 2016

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a black woman has been elected to the Kentucky State Legislature. After winning a three-way Democratic primary and defeating a 34-year incumbent, Attica Scott will bring a decidedly different voice to the Kentucky State House. This mother turned activist turned state representative spoke withGlamour about what inspires her and how she owes her success to the women who fought for her.

May 19 2016

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Michelle Wu never thought about running for office.

Her parents, Taiwanese immigrants, stressed the value of stable, high-paying jobs. Adults in her mostly-white community suggested she take up figure skating, based on the success of Michelle Kwan.

May 19 2016

Fortunately, a “bathroom bill” proposed by Wisconsin Republicans during the last legislative session went nowhere. The bill would have forced transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates rather than the genders with which they identify.

But the issue isn’t dead in Wisconsin. State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewauskum, says he’ll introduce a bill even stronger than last year’s — one that applies not only to student facilities but to public restrooms everywhere in the state.

May 11 2016

Women in politics have to deal with a lot of garbage.

The abuse, often arriving via email and social media interactions, defies party lines and gender. Recipients are simultaneously horrified by it and resigned to it. Women going into politics know sexism is the cost of admission, but it’s still a steep price to pay.

“You have to be pretty strong,” said former state Rep. Michelle Litjens, a Republican who represented the Neenah area from 2011 to 2013. “I think more strong than a man, because I don’t think they go after men’s children like they do for a woman.”

May 7 2016

Roberta Phillip-Robbins, a candidate for Oregon House District 43, has resigned her position as a specialist in gang violence prevention at Multnomah County so she can stay in the legislative race.

The decision comes in response to WW's reporting earlier Friday.

Sep 15 2015

The Boston Globe recently highlighted Emerge Massachusetts alumna and current candidate for Boston City Council, Andrea Campbell, in this compelling profile about her inspirating for running and her suprising primary win against the district's 32-year-old incumbent.

Sep 13 2015

Emerge Oregon alumna and former Oregon House Majority Leader Rep. Val Hoyle emphasized the impact that women have had on the Oregon state Legislature during her speech to the American Association of University Women.

Sep 3 2015

Emerge Wisconsin alumna and state Representative Melissa Sargent writes a compelling op-ed in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, urging her fellow Wisconsin lawmakers to follow suit in protecting their state.

Aug 17 2015

An new program spearheaded by Emerge New Jersey alumna and Essex Freeholder Board President Britnee Timberlake will allocate money to low-income residents to use as a down payment, towards closing costs, or to reduce mortgage principal when buying their first home. 

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