Andrea Dew Steele







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What would you like attendees to know about your organization?

Emerge America is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training, and providing a powerful network for Democratic women to run for office. Since our founding in 2005, we have expanded the Emerge program into 20 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin—and trained over 2,500 women. In 2016, Emerge women had a 70% success rate running for office positions all over the country. We are the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour, training program providing aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.


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What levels of participation would you like to encourage from every attendee?

We would encourage every woman to put her name on the ballot. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office - they don't think they are experienced enough or they just don't know where to start. A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. If now isn’t the right time for you to run for office, support other women who are running by donating and campaigning for them.


What marching orders would you like to encourage from each attendee that you would like to reiterate?

Run, Recruit women, and support other women running!


What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”


What book are you reading right now?

Untangled by Lisa Damour - a book about dealing with teenagers.:)


How have you been practicing self-care during these times?

I love to walk my dog and exercise as much as possible. I find that exercising and being outdoors is the best antidote to stress.  In addition, spending time with my children is wonderful because children are always living in the moment. I am also a big proponent of self-care and one of my mantra’s is definitely to put the oxygen mask on first so I can help others! In addition, I have also decided to add karaoke to my list of fun activities that I must indulge in periodically.


Andrea Dew Steele is the President and Founder of Emerge America and the Co-Founder of our first affiliate, Emerge California. She is a passionate advocate for increasing the number of women in elected office at every level and is motivated by a life-long commitment to progressive politics and change.

Struck by the incredible lack of women holding elected office at the local level in San Francisco, Andrea co-founded Emerge California in 2002 to lead the fight to get more women elected to office in Northern California. Andrea worked tirelessly to develop a top notch training program and in 2005 she founded Emerge America to replicate the model in all 50 states. Emerge currently has training programs in 18 states across the country with plans to expand in the future.

While starting Emerge, Andrea served for 8+ years as Political and Philanthropic Advisor to Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of Esprit Clothing and Democratic activist and philanthropist. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Andrea worked for many years in Washington D.C. as a policy analyst on Capitol Hill and fundraiser for Democratic candidates and committees. Andrea holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics.

Andrea is very active in the Democratic Party and regularly lends her expertise to women candidates for local, state and national offices. She also regularly blogs about politics at the Huffington Post and has appeared on national and local television and radio, including MSNBC and Al Jazeera America to discuss politics, campaigns and current events.