Application Process

Application Process

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2021. Please check back Fall 2021 for information about the Class of 2022. If you have any questions, please contact us at 

Due to heightened health and safety concerns, Emerge is making the wellbeing of all our employees and cohort members a top priority. As such, our trainings may be hosted in-person or virtually depending on state and national health guidelines and the comfort of the women in our network. 


Requirement: Applicants must be women who are Democrats, and reside in the state of New Mexico.

Emerge New Mexico seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective office and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for public office in the next few years;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.

Emerge New Mexico generally selects 25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all self-identified women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability.  Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the interval barriers women may impose on themselves. As such, we work hard to ensure that our program meets the needs of all class members and we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in all aspects of our program.

Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in early January. Invitations to join the 2021 class to be extended in early February.

The application period for the Class of 2021 has closed. Please check back Fall 2021 for information about the Class of 2022.


Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge New Mexico program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Additional time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework, training preparation, and mandatory volunteer hours. While we understand that emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence may result in a deferral to the following year. Students are permitted one excused absence throughout the program. Additional absences may result in deferral to the following year. Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend all training days.

2021 Training Dates

Training sessions are typically hosted monthly over a period of seven months. Most sessions are held on Saturdays in Albuquerque unless otherwise noted. Due to COVID-19 subject to change.

  • March 26: Virtual Meet and Greet (evening)
  • March 27, 28 OR April 3: Day 1, Small Groups
  • Tentative – April 10: Kickoff Reception
  • April 17: Day 2
  • May 1: Day 3
  • May 22-23: Day 4 & 5
  • June 12-13: Day 5 & 6
  • July 17: Day 7
  • July 31-August 1: Day 8 & 9
  • Sept 18: Day 10 & Graduation


Emerge New Mexico will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews (virtual during COVID-19). Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in early January in various locations around New Mexico.


Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35.00 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  The application fee may be paid online through the application portal. Alternatively, a check payable to ‘Emerge New Mexico’, may be mailed to Emerge New Mexico, 500 Marquette Ave. NW, Suite 280, NM 87102.



Tuition for the seven-month program is $300.00. Payment plans are available and Emerge New Mexico offers financial assistance to those who qualify. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The six-month program does take place in various parts of the state 1 – 2 Saturdays each month. Travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location and proximity to trainings. Emerge New Mexico will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, though travel/lodging costs are not typically covered by the program. In the event of special public health orders and/or gathering restrictions, classes will likely take place virtually.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Emerge New Mexico works to ensure that financial need is never a barrier to applying to the program.