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Arena Academy is a low-cost, multi-disciplinary political training program that is the first step in our four-part talent pipeline.

We need staffers that reflect the diversity of our communities to build winning progressive campaigns. But the campaign staff we need find politics inaccessible and risky.

There are many innate challenges in campaign work: It is seasonal, hierarchical, fast-paced, and low- paid. Staffers often lack the training, coaching, and connections to run and assist successful campaigns.

To address these issues, Arena recruits and invests in a diverse talent pool to participate in five-day immersive trainings that prepare graduates for life on campaigns. And we engage best-in-class trainers and connect graduates to opportunities and mentors.

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Our Results

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5,277 people have graduated from eight Arena Academies. These graduates come from 48 states and territories. The majority of graduates are women and people of color.

Trainers

Addisu Demissie

Campaign Manager, Cory Booker 2020 Arena Campaign Manager trainer

DeJuana Thompson

Partner, Think Rubix & Woke Vote Arena keynote speaker, Organizer and Organizing Director trainer

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Arena Unconscious Bias trainer

Christina Reynolds

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

Luis Ávila

Founder, Iconico & AZ State Director, Organizing Together 2020 Organizer & Organizing Director trainer

Addisu Demissie

Campaign Manager, Cory Booker 2020 Arena Campaign Manager trainer

DeJuana Thompson

Partner, Think Rubix & Woke Vote Arena keynote speaker, Organizer and Organizing Director trainer

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Arena Unconscious Bias trainer

Christina Reynolds

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

Luis Ávila

Founder, Iconico & AZ State Director, Organizing Together 2020 Organizer & Organizing Director trainer
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