For Immediate Release: Emerge Massachusetts Welcomes Their 2020 Class!

  • Jan 17, 2020
  • Emerge MA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           CONTACT: Nina Liang, 508.933.8330

January 15, 2020 


Women in Politics: Emerge Massachusetts Launches 2020 Class of Future Trailblazers

Premier training network kicks off training for two dozen women across the Commonwealth

BOSTON — Emerge Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s premier political training organization for Democratic women, is proud to announce its 2020 class of rising leaders. Hailing from Bristol to the Berkshires, these 24 dynamic women come from incredibly diverse backgrounds and experiences — united by the desire to make a difference in their communities. 

“Diversity in political leadership is critical to ensuring all voices in Massachusetts are represented,” said Nina Liang, Emerge Mass Executive Director. “We are thrilled to welcome and prepare one of the most diverse classes in Emerge history.”

Emerge programs prepare women to run for elected office, manage campaigns and excel in leadership roles at all levels of government. Last election cycle, Emerge women made history across the commonwealth: Cambridge elected its first Muslim American Mayor; Boston swore in its most diverse city council, with six out of eight of its women serving. Marlborough elected its youngest councilor in history, and Everett swore in its first black female councilor. 

“In 2019, more than 60 Emerge women ran for office across the state and nearly 100 alumnae currently hold elected office—a true testament to the quality and strength of our programming,” said Liang. “These milestones, and many more, are what inspire us to continue this important work.”

Emerge Massachusetts programs remove barriers that women often face when considering a run for office — providing essential tools and training needed to execute effective campaigns. Emerge alumnae have run for all levels of government, from local school board positions to city councils, the state house, and in Congress. 

The 2020 political trailblazers began their training this past weekend. The program is led by top-tier, experienced trainers and facilitators — and includes interactive instruction and practical activities to prepare the class for a bright political future. 

Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2020


Amira Al-Subaey

Sara Arman

Natanya Bittman

Katie Burnett

Kate Cardoso

Linda Champion

Lauren Conoscenti

Nicole Eigbrett

Veronica Fenton

Helina Fontes

Whitney Mooney

Jasmine Ortiz

Sheriece Perry

Mayralee Quiles

Gabrielle Rene

Esther Rogers

Nency Salamoun

Kirstin Shapiro

Elizabeth Speakman

Natalie Tassy

Meg Wheeler

Jessica Wong

Martina Woulfe

Keiko Zoll


Emerge Massachusetts is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training, and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office—and win.  Our mission is to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Learn more about Emerge, our training programs and broader network of alumnae and supporters at

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