Leadership Resources Intro

Use this map, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund, to locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. Click on a state to find leadership development and campaign training programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.

Need more ideas on how to get involved? Check out the Women's Definitive Guide to Getting Political by CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak.

If you know of other organizations to add to our list or have updates to our information, please contact Chelsea Hill.

Program Name State Party Program Description
Running Start National Nonpartisan

Running Start is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for...

Running Start Young Women's Political Leadership Program
Running Start
DC Nonpartisan The Young Womens Political Leadership Training teaches high school girls about political leadership. Girls attend a five-day retreat in July with...
Running Start/Wal-Marts Star Fellowship
Running Start
DC Nonpartisan

Running Start/Wal-Marts Star Fellowship is a new program that brings together college women from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill in...

RunWOMENserve NJ Nonpartisan

RunWOMENserve is a political action committee founded by former State Senator Diane Allen to elect principled women of both parties to the New...

Rural Leadership North Dakota ND Nonpartisan Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is a two-year interactive study and travel program dedicated to producing graduates with the vision and...
Ruth's List FL Dem

Ruth's List Florida is dedicated to building a progressive Florida by recruiting, supporting, and electing pro-choice, Democratic women to public...

Ruth's List FL Dem

Ruth's List Florida is dedicated to building a progressive Florida by recruiting, supporting, and electing pro-choice, Democratic women to public...

Sally's List OK Nonpartisan

Founded in 2010, Sally's List is dedicated to recruiting and training progressive women to run for the Oklahoma State Legislature.  The...

Sally's List OK Nonpartisan

Founded in 2010, Sally's List is dedicated to recruiting and training progressive women to run for the Oklahoma State Legislature.  The...

San Francisco Women's Political Committee CA Nonpartisan Established in 2002, the San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) is a multi-party organization that works to engage women in all dimensions...
Santa Barbara Women's PAC CA Nonpartisan

The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to furthering gender equality and feminist...

Scottsdale Leadership AZ Nonpartisan

Founded in 1987, Scottsdale Leadership offers a core nine-month community leadership development program.  Forty participants are selected each...

She Can Win PA Nonpartisan

She Can Win is a non-partisan organization promoting women in civic leadership through comprehensive training, mentorship, and professional...

She Should Run National Nonpartisan

She Should Run is a non-partisan organization expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders. She Should Run’s Ask a Woman to Run...

She the People National

She the People is a national network connecting women of color to transform democracy. The organization works to elevate and amplify the voice and...

Smart Girl Politics National Nonpartisan

Created as a blog in 2008, Smart Girl Politics, Inc. is a national organization and social network for conservative women in the United States....

Snelling Center Vermont Leadership Institute
Snelling Center for Government
VT Nonpartisan Created by the Snelling Center for Government in 1995, the Vermont Leadership Institute (VLI) is a leadership development program designed to engage...
South Carolina Federation of Republican Women SC Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus SC Nonpartisan

The South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus is an organization for women serving at all levels of government in the State of South Carolina...

South Carolina GOP Academy
South Carolina Republican party
SC Rep The South Carolina Republican Party offers campaign training for its members through the South Carolina GOP Academy. Ten 4-5 hour trainings covering...
South Carolina NOW- Charlotte Chapter
National Organization for Women
SC Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

South Carolina Women In Leadership (SCWIL) SC Nonpartisan

A multi-partisan group of women whose mission is to move South Carolina forward – politically, socially, economically, educationally, and...

South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc. (SDARL) SD Nonpartisan South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc., (SDARL), is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing...
South Dakota Federation of Republican Women SD Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

South Dakota NOW
National Organization for Women
SD Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Southern Republican Leadership Conference LA Rep

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference is held every two to four years in different locations, allowing Republicans across the country to...

Stennis Institute of Government Campaign Training MS Nonpartisan

The Stennis Institute of Government provides day-long political education workshops designed to capture potential candidates, campaign volunteers...

Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life MO Nonpartisan The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life was founded in the fall of 1996 to assist women in developing the interest and skills necessary to...
Supermajority National Nonpartisan

Supermajority is a membership-based organization that affirms and builds women’s power and serves as a one-stop shop for advocacy, community...

Supermajority National Nonpartisan

Supermajority is a membership-based organization that affirms and builds women’s power and serves as a one-stop shop for advocacy, community...

Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women TN Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women TN Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

Tennessee NOW
National Organization for Women
TN Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Tennessee Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
TN Nonpartisan

Founded in 1974, the Tennessee Women's Political Caucus is an active voice for women and families in Tennessee, promoting full and equal...

Texas Democratic Women TX Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Texas Federation of Republican Women TX Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Texas Latina PAC TX Dem

Texas Latina List is a progressive political action committee that endorses and financially supports Latina women in Texas.

Texas Leadership Institute TX Nonpartisan

The Texas Leadership Institute (TLI), a non-profit educational consortium, was formed in 1995 to enhance the ability of the small to medium-size...

Texas NOW
National Organization for Women
TX Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Texas Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
TX Nonpartisan

Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus of Texas is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization...

Texas Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
TX Nonpartisan

Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus of Texas is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization...

The Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series PA Rep

The Anne Anstine Series is an expansion program of the Richard C. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, founded in 1989 to encourage, mentor...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Campaign School at Yale
Yale University
National Nonpartisan

The Campaign School at Yale University is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral leadership program, whose mission is to increase the number and influence...

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women CA Nonpartisan The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (formerly known as Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, APAWLI) is dedicated to the...

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