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Jul 1, 2020
Christopher Marte

Introducing the Arena Alumni Network

Incredible things happen when Academy graduates come together.

Recent Articles

Jun 25, 2020
Christopher Marte

New York Election Results: Arena Candidates

We are excited to announce that all of the Arena endorsed candidates that were elected in 2018 won, or are likely to win, their primary elections.

Jun 24, 2020
Arena Team

Report: Reviewing Arena Academy, 2019 - 2020

From recruitment to active mentorship and continued learning, this is how Arena is building an enduring progressive talent pipeline.

Jun 23, 2020
Christopher Marte

Arena + 5BF Announce New York Endorsements

Among other things, this very close election will determine whether one of the bluest districts in the country sends a Trump supporter to Capitol Hill.

Jun 10, 2020
Julia Leitner

How to crush your campaign interview

We’ve compiled some tips for what to do before, during, and after your campaign interview.

Jun 8, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Where do we go from here?

How Arena is responding to this earth-shaking moment.

May 19, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Empowering communities with Majora Carter

Arena Talks speaks with Majora Carter, a visionary civic activist and entrepreneur from the South Bronx.

May 8, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Arena Talks: Two self-loathing meritocrats discuss inequality

Ravi is joined by Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits on the latest episode of Arena Talks.

May 6, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Meet the rising class of Arena Academy Online

We’ve worked hard to ensure that the next graduating class of Arena Academy looks like the constituents who will be voting in key races in November.

May 4, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Arena Talks: COVID era campaigns with Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie, and Swati Mylavarapu

How should Democratic campaigns adjust in the era of COVID-19?

Apr 30, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Arena Talks: The Future of NYC

Hear from two political leaders at the center of the fight against COVID-19 and who are both widely acknowledged to be two of the most likely successors to Bill de Blasio as Mayor.

Apr 17, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Listen: The fight for Wisconsin is the fight for America

Ben Wikler joins the Arena Talks podcast to discuss what Wisconsin's election can teach us about what’s to come in November.

Apr 16, 2020
Johannah King-Slutzky

Report: How to host a virtual event in the age of Coronavirus

We hosted a 150-person immersive training entirely online -- and you can too.

Mar 19, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Still in the Arena

How Arena is stepping up our efforts to go digital and respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Mar 9, 2020
Ravi Gupta

Welcome the new members of Team Arena

As our mission evolves to meet the demands of the 2020 election calendar, our staff is evolving, too.

Mar 5, 2020
Santiago Martinez

The fight in North Carolina is personal for me

I got my first job in Charlotte working for Barack Obama’s ‘08 Presidential run and went to Raleigh as a Data Director for his re-election.

Mar 5, 2020
Ravi Gupta

How your gifts change who gets hired

119 Arena scholarship recipients had never worked in politics before. Most of them come from the backgrounds (like low-income families) that Democratic campaigns must better represent if we’re going to win.

Jan 9, 2020
Ravi Gupta

What will we do if Trump wins?

When it was Arena’s turn to speak, we asked a different question.

Dec 11, 2019
Ravi Gupta and Daniel Squadron, Arena and Future Now Fund Co-Founders

Arena and Future Now Fund are teaming up to flip four key state legislatures

We’re investing $7 million to flip Arizona, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina

Dec 6, 2019
Kate Catherall

1,000 Arena Academy Graduates

Our alumni are already making an impact. Don’t just take our word for it.

Nov 25, 2019
Abby Witt

Five Resume Tips to Land Your Political Dream Job

2020 hiring has already begun and will continue to move quickly. You’ll want to be ready when hiring managers are.

Oct 21, 2019
Julia Leitner

The Biggest Lessons We Learned At Arena Academy Houston

“You all are the eyes, the ears, the brain, the heart of the campaign. I hope you understand that. I hope you understand truly how important your job is...It’s about taking our state back.”

Aug 21, 2019
Abby Witt, Arena Partner

Introducing Arena Careers

Meet Arena Careers, the one-stop-shop for progressive talent.

Aug 2, 2019
Christopher Marte

New York Candidate Resources

So, you’re thinking about running for office in New York? Here are some questions to get you started.

Jul 10, 2019
Ravi Gupta

Your Summer Campaign Reading List

Gear up for campaign season with these twelve great reads.

Jul 8, 2019
Kate Catherall

What Makes Arena Academy Different

The best candidate with all the money in the world, all the right tools, and all the right technologies cannot win alone. It takes people. It’s time we invested in them. Here's how we're doing that.

Jul 2, 2019
Ravi Gupta

Campaign Communications 101

A look into what we teach in the Communications Director track at the Arena Academy.

Jun 26, 2019
Jennifer Friedmann

Arena Academy FAQ

Do you have questions about the Arena Academy? You're in the right place!

Jun 24, 2019
Ravi Gupta

If it can happen here: Victories in the NY Legislature

The group of Arena Fellows who defeated the IDC just achieved historic victories in the NY Legislature.

Jun 10, 2019
Lee Pedinoff

13 apps to organize your campaign life

Jun 5, 2019
Ravi Gupta

Five Borough Future

Announcing Five Borough Future, a vision of self-determination and policy progress for NYC.

May 20, 2019
Sophia Lajaunie, Cayana Mackey, Eric Limbs, Aidan Lukomnik, Rie Ma, and Manisha Gupta

How We Won the Arena Cup

Here's how one team achieved the highest overall score to-date in the Arena Cup—and a perfect score in teamwork.

Apr 29, 2019
Scotty Crowe, Arena Academy Attendee

Reflections on the Charleston Academy

"Arena Academy is the realest of deals."

Apr 23, 2019
Julia Leitner

What worked and what didn’t in 2018

After the 2018 midterm elections, we asked progressive campaigns to share what worked and what didn’t.

Mar 22, 2019
Kate Catherall

Des Moines recap

Last month, we hosted 150 aspiring campaign staffers in Iowa for our first-ever Arena Academy.

Feb 15, 2019
Abby Witt

The next Arena Academy

Arena Academy is coming to Charleston, South Carolina this April.

Feb 14, 2019
Ravi Gupta


Next week, one hundred and fifty aspiring political staffers will arrive in Des Moines, Iowa for the inaugural Arena Academy.

Jan 4, 2019
Lee Pedinoff

Arena Academy Des Moines FAQ

Have a question about our first Arena Academy in Iowa this February? Start here.

Dec 19, 2018
Ravi Gupta

Help us fund more scholarships

Will you support Arena by helping us fund more scholarships?

Nov 14, 2018
Swati Mylavarapu, Kate Catherall, & Ravi Gupta

Arena 2020

Sign up to be the first to know how to get involved with 2020 campaigns.

Nov 8, 2018
Abby Witt & Julia Leitner

How to shut down your campaign

Once the results of your race are final, all campaigns are created equal regardless of the outcome: they’re all finished.

Nov 7, 2018
Kate Catherall & Ravi Gupta

Last night

Last night, we elected a new generation of leaders.

Nov 1, 2018
Mónica Pérez

GOTV emergency response guide

GOTV emergencies can be planned for and practiced so the unpredictable is made manageable.

Oct 25, 2018
Han Nguyen

Digital content in the final stretch

Here are six recommendations for making your digital program run seamlessly in the final stretch.

Oct 22, 2018
Abby Witt

How to win your debate

For decades, Ron Klain and John Neffinger have advised candidates on how best to prepare for debates, including managing debate prep for the last five Democratic presidential candidates.

Oct 4, 2018
Catherine Tarsney

Targeting in the final stretch

Get Out The Vote (GOTV) programs are one of the best opportunities for impact in the final days before an election.

Sep 24, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

Crush the midterms

Make a plan to support up-and-coming candidates on the ballot in November with Crush the Midterms.

Sep 14, 2018
Ravi Gupta

Five for five

Last night, all five of our candidates on the ballot in New York won a historic victory.

Aug 29, 2018
Abby Witt & Mónica Pérez

Arizona is ready to turn blue

In our Arizona plan, we noted it is “perhaps the most flippable state in the country.” Last night’s results confirm this.

Aug 29, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

More Arena PAC candidates win

To date, of our 33 candidates who’ve faced a primary election, 31 have advanced to the general election.

Aug 20, 2018
Kate Catherall

Meet the latest Arena PAC Fellows

Today, we are excited to announce our latest Arena PAC Fellows.

Aug 17, 2018
Ravi Gupta

One year of partnership

One year ago, we announced a merger with Chorus Agency.

Aug 16, 2018
Kate Catherall

GOTV toolbox

We’ve added nine new (free) tools to our Campaign Toolbox.

Aug 3, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

We're growing

Over the past two months, we received contributions that have doubled the number of candidates we are able to support in 2018.

Jul 24, 2018
Kate Catherall

Arizona needs your help

The Arena PAC is making Arizona our highest priority state for 2018. Here's why.

Jul 13, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

The primaries so far

So far, 16 of 17 of our Fellows who faced a primary election won.

Jun 21, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

Introducing our campaign toolbox

The Arena Toolbox is a collection of tutorials, toolkits, and resources for campaign professionals to run a best-in-class campaign.

Jun 6, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

Three for three

Last night, three of our Fellows -- Jessica Morse, Josh Harder, and Andy Kim -- faced a decisive primary election. And all three won.

May 22, 2018
Ravi Gupta

Arena candidates sweep Texas + Georgia primaries

Tonight, four Arena Fellows were on the ballot in Texas and Georgia -- and all four won.

Apr 12, 2018
Ravi Gupta

Introducing the second class of Arena PAC candidates

We built our Fellowship to support the most promising of the next generation of candidates.

Apr 4, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

Welcome Santiago, Julia, and Christopher

We’re fired up to welcome three new staff members: Santiago Martinez, Julia Leitner, and Christopher Marte.

Mar 20, 2018
Kate Catherall

Arena original Lauren Underwood makes history

Lauren Underwood, an Arena candidate, has won her primary and is now the Democratic nominee for US Congress in the Illinois 14th District.

Mar 9, 2018
Lee Pedinoff

How are the Arena candidates doing?

We’ve worked with 21 candidates since we began our candidate support work, and are currently working with 10 candidates who are running for office in 2018. Here's an update on how they are performing.

Mar 7, 2018
Kate Catherall

Invest in more women of color in 2018

Women are running for office in record numbers. Yet women - especially women of color - continue to face enormous challenges.

Mar 7, 2018
Ravi Gupta

Gina shocks the establishment

Gina Ortiz Jones garnered more than double the votes of any of her four opponents in her primary election.

Nov 8, 2017
Kate Catherall & Ravi Gupta

To expand the map, expand our notion of “swing district”

In Virginia, we invested in eleven races — all seats currently held by Republicans — and most of which were considered unlikely Democratic pickups.

Oct 12, 2017
Kate Catherall

Expand the Virginia map

Now is the time to expand the map — and our conception of where our leaders come from.

Sep 26, 2017
Kate Catherall

Using your head to build a campaign with heart

Here are five tips for using your head to build a campaign with heart.

Sep 13, 2017
Ravi Gupta

Our first class of candidates

These leaders, all brave first-time candidates for elected office in 2018, were selected based on their ability to do the following: communicate their story and values, bridge across political parties and ideologies, grow and improve as leaders, and showcase strong and viable early-stage campaigns.

Sep 5, 2017
Ravi Gupta

The next Arena Summit

On December 8th and 9th, 2017 — the one-year anniversary of that first gathering — we will hold our fourth Arena Summit.

Aug 17, 2017
Ravi Gupta

Arena + Chorus join forces

We are excited to announce that we are merging with the Chorus Agency and welcoming its founder, Kate Catherall, to our team as a Partner.

Aug 16, 2017
Lee Pedinoff

Low cost tech tools for upstart campaigns

Jul 30, 2017
Ravi Gupta

What campaigns can learn from Jeff Bezos

Amazon is dominating our lives and will soon dominate our politics.

Jul 18, 2017
Ravi Gupta

The Arena PAC Fellowship

Since the 2016 election, hundreds of members of The Arena community have pledged to run for office.

Jul 17, 2017
Lee Pedinoff

Introducing the Arena Job Board

On it, you’ll find jobs from organizations like Indivisible, DNC, ActBlue, NGP VAN — and many new campaigns.

Jun 21, 2017
Ravi Gupta

Thoughts on last night's election

Last night, Democrats narrowly lost two pickup opportunities in congressional special elections.