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Arena Academy 201

Take your leadership and campaign skills to the next level.

Arena Academy 201

Data Fluency for Campaign Leaders

Arena Academy 201 is for experienced campaign staff who want to deepen their management or technical skills. The core Arena Academy 201 program teaches leadership and team-building alongside hard skills like planning, budgeting, and hiring. Specialized Arena Academy 201s are also offered throughout the cycle, focusing on topics like data and digital skills. The condensed, two-and-a-half day schedule is perfect for campaign leaders who need to learn while they are on the job. 

Our next Arena Academy 201 is Data Fluency for Campaign Leaders held online from March 15-17. During this training you’ll level up your data skills and learn how to use, analyze, and understand data to run effective programs. To learn more about this training watch the info session.

Applications for this training are now closed.

You can still join upcoming Arena events! Registration for Arena Summit, taking place from April 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia, closes April 4. Learn more and register here.

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Your Arena Academy 201 Journey

Learn more about your Arena Academy 201 journey from application to career support. 

How to Apply

Ready to attend Arena Academy 201? The first step is to apply!  The application provides space to tell us about your passions and professional goals. We want to hear about what makes you unique, what you hope to gain from Arena Academy 201, and your aspirations as a change agent. Heads up: You’ll need to submit a pdf of your resume as part of the application. Read our application guide for more tips!

Arena Academy 201 is meant for people with at-least three consecutive months of experience on a campaign or with a movement organization. Specialized Arena Academy 201s may have additional qualifications. If you’re not there yet, check out Arena Academy or Arena Summit instead.

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Arena Trainers

Arena trainers are a diverse, creative, and strategic group of practitioners who’ve led winning campaigns up and down the ballot. You’ll learn from and connect with leaders who understand and support your passions, aspirations, and values.


Alexandria Coburn

National Radical Education Field Manager, Working Families Party
Organizing Track Trainer

Carli Stevenson

Assistant Director of Communications, Politics for SEIU
Communications Track Lead

Catherine Kahle

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, DNC
Data Track Trainer

Cayana Mackey Nance

Vice President of Digital, EMILYs List
Digital Track Trainer

Jade Tacka

Head of Development, Swing Left
Fundraising Track Trainer

Jose Nuñez

National Organizing Director, DNC
Organizing and Digital Track Trainer

Dr. Kira Banks

Professor of Psychology and co-founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, Saint Louis University
Beyond Unconscious Bias Trainer

Kayci Moodie

National States and Organizing Director, NextGen
Organizing Track Trainer

Luis Ávila

President, Iconico
Organizing Track Trainer

Regina Monge

Former Campaign Manager, Jessica Cisneros for Congress
Fundraising Track Lead

Ruby Sarron

Training Director, ActBlue
Digital and Fundraising Track Trainer

Ryanne Brown

Digital Paid Media Director, Priorities USA
Campaign Manager and Communications Track Trainer

Sarah Blahovec

Co-Founder and President, Disability Victory Fund
Arena Academy Panelist

Sean Ward

Executive Director, New Mexico Democratic Party
Arena Cup General Consultant

Shripal Shah

Partner, Lefthook Strategy
Communications Track Trainer

Stephanie Medina

Deputy Director, Partner Engagement, ZINC Collective
Arena Cup General Consultant

Terry Bermea

Executive Director, Battleground Texas
Organizing Director Track Trainer

Arena Academy 201 kicked propelled me to where I am now. I joined the staff management track. It helped me build the skills to support staff and reach campaign with clarity and rigor. You can tell a lot of thought and intention went into the content. I’d attend all over again. Speaking of which, when is the next one?

— Gabriel Cabán Cubero, Founder and Owner, re:Synthesis LLC

“Arena Academy 201 was an amazing opportunity for me to network and process after the 2022 cycle. The discussions we had during Arena Academy 201 helped me identify my strengths and areas where I want to grow.”

— Randy Faigin
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