70 women comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School second incoming class | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Women of color make up 62% of the second cohort, which includes veterans, teachers, lawyers and more from 13 states

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 70 women who will form its second incoming class. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral program that trains women who want to run for elected office or become campaign managers, regardless of political party. The program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising, grassroots organizing and more. The program kicks off virtually on Saturday, April 17, with monthly training through November. Through the eight-month program, these women will gain an insider network, professional mentorship and the skills they need to win.

The 70 women were selected through a rigorous review process from nearly 150 applications, based on their leadership potential, commitment to public service, and professional experience. They women are entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, community activists and veterans who are stepping up to lead in their communities during and in the aftermath of national crisis. Women of color make up 62% of the second cohort, which includes women ages 20–60 from more than 13 states. The women represent a wide range of political ideologies, and have plans to run for state representative, judge, city council, school board and Congress, and to become campaign managers.


"A representative democracy means everyone is represented, and that means electing more women. I cannot wait to see these women step into the political arena, run and win!" —Amy Kroll, LBJ Women's Campaign School

The second cohort joins the 50 women from our inaugural class in their efforts to make a difference in the political arena. Three women from the first cohort are already running for office in the May municipal elections in Texas, and they are the first of many to come.

"A representative democracy means everyone is represented, and that means electing more women," said Amy Kroll, founder and executive director of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School. "I cannot wait to see these women step into the political arena, run and win!"

Thanks to grants from Texas Woman's University Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, Texas residents are attending for free, further knocking down socioeconomic barriers for women in politics. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is sponsored by Women's Public Leadership Network and the Texas Business and Professional Women's Foundation. It is located at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Women change-makers in the second cohort:

Elvia Aguilar Camden Hunt
Kassandra Aleman Tanisa Jeffers
Angelica Alfaro Jill Jester
Iman Ali Azhalia Leal
Caroline Bailey Jenna Lewis
Stephanie Bazan Swetha Maddipudi
Nadia Bettac Jennifer Marshall
Prerna Bhat Alyson Martinez
Jazmine Bonner Leticia Martinez
Isis Stephanie Cerda Amy Miller
Tricia Cortez Chelsea Miller
Cecily Cox Susan Motley
Molly Cox Emma Niewald
Karen Crnkovich Megan Ortiz
Pearl Cruz Karen Raskopf
Christina DeMoore Hannah Reinhard
Erin Dempsey Alex Rose
Reena Desai Erin Rowe
Shelly deZevallos Danielle Rugoff
Joy Diaz Carolina Salmeron
Zoraima Diaz-Pineda Tamira Samuel
Lynna Lan Tien Do Erin Shank
Bukekile Dube Susan Smith
Kayla Dupler Jennifer Storm
Christine Erwin-Jimenez Brooke Stroud
Lillian Miess Frei Lori Swann
Moriah Garcia Lacey Pittman Tomanek
Julie Gilberg Talan Tyminski
Dawn Gile Isamar Vaquero
Kristen Golden AP Velasco
Jenee Margo Gonzales Juana Véliz
Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper MaryEllen Veliz
Anna Beth Gorman Deidre Woodard
Melanie Hawkins Alexandra Zepeda

 

Learn more at the LBJ Women's Campaign School website.