The 2016 Alumnae of Emerge Virginia

On July 16, 2016, 19 Democratic women from across Virginia graduated from the Emerge Virginia seven-month training program.  

Angelia Allen, Portsmouth

Jervone Bowens, Suffolk

Eileen Davis, Ashland

Paty Funegra, Arlington

Amy George, Richmond

Kelly Hebron, Alexandria

Karen Keys-Gamarra, Oakton

Annette Koklauner, Clifton

Lori Krenik, Henrico

Melissa Mason, Mathews Co.

Charleta Mason, Lynchburg

Trina McLaughlin, Danville

Tara Rountree, Chesapeake

Xenia Ruiz, Arlington

Kenya Savage, Chantilly

Camilla Simon, Henrico

Lisa Speller-Davis, Glen Allen

Marlo Thomas Watson, Woodbridge

Stacy White, Yorktown


After just three years, Emerge Virginia has trained 75 Democratic women to run for office.  24 women have run for office since graduating; 10 have been elected and 2 have been appointed.  Emerge trained women have run and won.  We are building the bench of Democratic elected officials and changing the face of politics across the state.

Put Yourself On The Ballot

Learn about the Emerge program, how to apply and get connected to our Council of Allies

Join Our Movement

Stay informed about the Emerge program and upcoming events!

Support Our Work

Emerge Virginia needs your help to expand our training.