Emerge Wisconsin Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

  • Jan 14, 2019
  • Emerge Wisconsin

January 14, 2019

CONTACT: Erin Forrest


Emerge Wisconsin Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

Madison, WI —Emerge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, announced today that it has selected its 2019 class. This year’s chosen group of 31 future women political leaders is shaping up to be one of Emerge Wisconsin’s best ever, with women from all parts of the Badger State, who come from diverse backgrounds and span the spectrum of races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels and professional experiences.

“Emerge Wisconsin is thrilled to welcome our class of 2019,” said Erin Forrest, Executive Director of Emerge Wisconsin. “Our organization selected exceptional applicants, who will seize on political opportunities once they are given the tools necessary to run an effective campaign. It’s a new day in Wisconsin, and these women are ready to move our state Forward.”

Emerge Wisconsin’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 70 hours of in-depth education over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles. Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.

Criteria for selection into the class included, evidence of political leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in workplace or community; interest in pursuing political office; demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal; ability and desire to build effective networks; ability to articulate a personal political vision; demonstrated ability to inspire others; and commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings. Applicants had to be registered Democrats. Women of all ages, races, nationalities, marital status, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and physical abilities were encouraged to apply.

2019 Emerge Wisconsin Class:

Barbara Alvarez, Kohler

Gabrielle Aranda-Pino, Verona

Danielle Bailey, Glendale

Davette Baker, Madison

Melissa Biel, Beaver Dam

Jenifer Cole, Middleton

Kristin Conway , Schofield

Natalie Czarkowski, Milwaukee

Toni Dixon, Milwaukee

Michelle Dunphy, Madison

Lynnsey Erickson, Oshkosh

Anna Goldstein, Milwaukee

Elena Haasl, Beloit

Erica Halverson, Madison

Kathy Hinkfuss , Green Bay

Kristen Keyser, West Allis

Abby Korb, Burlington

Ashley Kortte, Oregon

Abigail Lowery, DeForest

Allison Martinson, Madison

Artesha Mason, Milwaukee

Lydia Maurer, Madison

Morgan Norton, Merrill

Kimberly OmniEssence, Brown Deer

Meghan Reida, Wauwatosa

Elizabeth Schroeder, Madison

Andy Shagoury, Hartford

Kristina Shelton, Green Bay

Ashley Skoczynski, La Crosse

Erin Stilp, Milwaukee

Maiyoua Thao, Appleton