Locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. 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 Cai Barias.
|California Women's Leadership Association PAC (CWLA PAC)
The CWLA Political Action Committee is a separate 527 organization that endorses and financially supports candidates for state and local office in California, with a special focus on developing and promoting viable women candidates who share CWLA's principles.
|California Women's List
California Women's List is a Political Action Committee that endorses, fundraises for, and elects women to public office in California. Their mission is to elect women who will make California more just and equitable for all.
|California Women's Political Caucus
The National Women's Political Caucus of California works to increase women's participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office.
|Campaign Management Institute
Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University
The Campaign Management Institute (CMI) at American University trains individuals for participation in local, state and federal political campaigns. Developed and taught by strategists from both parties, national campaign consultants and political scientists, this intensive two-week program provides a foundation for political activists and campaign managers. Seminars and campaign simulations teach participants about the creation, development, and execution of a campaign plan. Eligible participants are primarily American University students, but there are a limited number of seats available to non-AU students. The Institute typically takes place twice a year, in winter and early summer.
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|Campaign Management School
The Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. The Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media throughout the country.
|Campaign Management School
National Federation of Republican Women
The National Federation for Republican Women pursues its longtime objective for political education by training Republicans to win elections through the Campaign Management School (CMS) program. This program is held throughout the country, organized in partnership with state and local Federations of Republican Women.
|Campaign Management Training Seminar
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
The Nebraska Farm Bureau offers campaign training for prospective candidates and others interested in campaigns by allowing participants to have a meaningful, hands-on experiences to execute successful political campaigns.
New Hampshire Republican Party
The New Hampshire Republican Party holds campaign schools for filed candidates during each election cycle, including everything from voter vault training to town chair training.
Oklahoma Republican Party
The Oklahoma Republican Party holds campaign schools periodically, based on on the election cycle. These trainings are open to declared candidates and their staffs and can be scheduled by contacting the Oklahoma GOP.
Tennessee Republican Party
The Tennessee Republican Party offers a two-day campaign school on a variety of issues for all candidates who have filed to run as Republicans in the state, helping them to develop campaign-oriented skills.
|Campaign Skills Seminars
Miami-Dade County Ethics Commissoin
The Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission provides training sessions for declared candidates or those working on campaigns, addressing the Ethical Campaign Practices Ordinance, campaign contributions, post-election audits, prohibited uses of public funds, and other requirements related to expending public funds.
Michigan Democratic Party
The Michigan Democratic Party offers in-person trainings focused on leadership training and issues related to campaigning for state House and Senate candidates and officers of local parties, clubs and caucuses. The Party also offers online trainings to candidates interested in running in the state. Trainings are usually scheduled about a month in advance, with information posted online or available from the Party office.
New Mexico Democratic Party
The New Mexico Democratic Party runs both comprehensive and single-focus trainings throughout the year. Trainings, which cover topics like vote building, canvassing, phone banking, targeting, effective messaging and more, are posted online as scheduled.
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party runs several trainings throughout the year on a variety of topics related to campaigning, including finances, media, and grassroots organization. Any interested Pennsylvania Democrat should contact the Party's political director for information and schedules.
Rhode Island Republican Party
The Rhode Island Republican Party holds campaign trainings during election years, varying in topic and focus. Trainings are offered for registered Republicans or declared candidates in the state.
Texas Republican Party
The Texas Republican Party provides campaign training throughout Texas upon request. One to two hour trainings can be scheduled for groups or individuals through the Party's political director. The Texas GOP also provides online training videos accessed with a passcode provided by the party. All trainings are open to Texas Republicans. Eight-hour candidate training sessions are also available through the Party before the filing deadline, after the filing deadline, and before the general election.
Founded in 1998, Lillian's List is an independent political committee dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to the North Carolina General Assembly. Lillian's List runs a 1-3 day campaign training every year in conjunction with EMILY's List for pro-choice Democratic women who are running or thinking about running for the General Assembly.
|Campaign Training Program
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia
The Sorensen Institute's Candidate Training Program (CTP) is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for office. Participants explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground upall within the context of ethics and principled public service. Applicants should be Virginia residents eligible for and considering a bid for office; many graduates have gone on to serve in elected office around the Commonwealth.
|Campaign Training Seminars
Campaigns and Elections Magazine
Campaigns & Elections magazine offers non-partisan campaign training seminars throughout the year for students and volunteer campaign operatives from all over the U.S. The trainings cover necessary campaign skills as well as contacts that often translate into business opportunities. Begun in 1983, these seminars provide a forum for campaign professionals to share their knowledge and experiences and for participants to engage in industry-wide networking. Most are held in Washington, DC.
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Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas. American Majority programs bring the expertise and knowledge-base of national politicos, campaign strategists, communication consultants, and seasoned organizers directly into local communities with four tracks of training: Candidate Training, Activist Training, Campus Majority, and the Fellowship Program. Each track offers a number of unique courses to prepare participants to run for office or work for campaigns or in politics. The calendar of scheduled trainings is available on the American Majority website.