Academy Illustration by Julia Rothman

Arena Academy is a best-in-class training program for aspiring political professionals.

Participants take part in an immersive five-day learning experience, selecting one of seven tracks: Campaign Management, Communications, Data, Digital, Finance, Organizing, or Organizing Director. The hands-on experience culminates with the Arena Cup, a campaign simulation in which participants work together in teams to build a winning campaign plan.

After graduating from Arena Academy, our Arena Careers team works to match Academy graduates with jobs on campaigns and at progressive organizations around the country. Academy graduates have gone on to work on high impact campaigns for candidates including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Mark Kelly, John Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, and each of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary.

Registration for Arena Academy costs $300, and scholarships are available. Thanks to the support of our donors, 67% of Academy graduates have received a full or partial scholarship.

The next Academy will be held online from September 23 – 27. We’re partnering with Ruth’s List Florida — an organization dedicated to helping Democratic women run for state and local office in Florida — so we’re placing an emphasis on training aspiring campaign staff who live in or want to work in Florida.

The 2022 midterms will be critical for Florida’s future. Apply today to help win in Florida and beyond.

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Trainers

Addisu Demissie

Campaign Manager, Cory Booker 2020, Arena Campaign Manager trainer

DeJuana Thompson

Interim President, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Arena Organizer and Organizing Director trainer

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University, Arena Unconscious Bias trainer

Christina Reynolds

VP of Communications, EMILY’s List, Arena Communications Director trainer

Luis Ávila

Founder, Iconico, Arena Organizer & Organizing Director trainer

Addisu Demissie

Campaign Manager, Cory Booker 2020, Arena Campaign Manager trainer

DeJuana Thompson

Interim President, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Arena Organizer and Organizing Director trainer

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University, Arena Unconscious Bias trainer

Christina Reynolds

VP of Communications, EMILY’s List, Arena Communications Director trainer

Luis Ávila

Founder, Iconico, Arena Organizer & Organizing Director trainer
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Arena needs your help to convene, train and support the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. Our programs are designed to make politics more accessible to more people. That’s why everything we do is free or low cost. This is made possible by the support of generous donors. Chip in to help progressives build winning campaigns.

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