Emerge Wisconsin Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

MILWAUKEE – Emerge Wisconsin is pleased to announce the hiring of Erin Forrest as the new Executive Director.  In her role, Erin will represent Emerge Wisconsin throughout the state and direct the curriculum for the next generation of Emerge leaders.

“We are thrilled to have Erin on board as the new Executive Director of Emerge Wisconsin,” said Carousel Bayrd, Chair of Emerge Wisconsin’s Board of Directors. “She brings excellent leadership experience and has had an impact across the state in her role as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin County Chairs’ Association. Erin brings invaluable knowledge that will make our program stronger and expand our reach throughout the state.”

Bayrd added: “As Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, Erin has helped foster female candidates and as a woman who has run for office and won, she brings firsthand knowledge of the challenges women face when running for office.  She understands the dedication to service and the impetus to run that drives so many of our graduates. She will make an excellent addition to the Emerge Wisconsin team.” 

Since 2007, Emerge has been the premier training program for Democratic women in Wisconsin. Emerge recruits and trains women from across the state to run for office on a local, state, and national level and provides them with the tools and network support needed to succeed in the world of politics. Emerge graduates have gone on to win races ranging from Village Trustee to State Senate. Nationally, Emerge has expanded to fourteen states to train the next generation of female Democratic leaders across the country.   Emerge is located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.  Emerge was founded to create a legion of Democratic women leaders for generations to come.


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