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Arena Academy 201

Take your leadership and campaign skills to the next level.

Arena Academy 201

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. 

The next training is Arena Academy 201: Management Skills. It will take place from June 27-29 online and applications close June 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

This training designed to support those who want to manage people and programs on campaigns. The program focuses on helping political professionals level-up their management skills and navigate the transition to people and program management roles on campaigns.

During this training you’ll learn to lead authentically, hire and onboard equitably, manage strong teams, and more! Check out this sample Academy 201 agenda.

Applications are now closed.

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Your Arena Academy 201 Journey

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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 instead

Upcoming Events

LGBTQ+ Campaign Staffer Panel

June 25, 2024

Arena Academy 201: Management Skills

June 27-29, 2024
Applications are Closed

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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.


AJ Kahle

Co-Founder/CEO, Winnable & Blueshift Technologies

Alejandra G Ramirez

Civic Engagement Program Manager, The Center for Cultural Power

Alexandria Coburn

National Radical Education Field Manager, Working Families Party

Ashlee Bruner

State Director, Georgia, Vote Run Lead Action

Brionté McCorkle

Executive Director, Georgia Conservation Voters

Carli Stevenson

Assistant Director of Communications, Politics, SEIU

Catherine Kahle

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, DNC

Canaan McCaslin

Former Campaign Manager

Cayana Mackey Nance

Digital Strategist

Dom Kelly

Co-Founder, President and CEO, New Disabled South Rising

Gabriel Cabán Cubero

Campaign Director, People’s Budget Birmingham

Jade Tacka

Head of Development, Swing Left

Jocelyne soto

Civic Engagement Director, Mi Familia Vota

Jose Nuñez

National Organizing Director, DNC

Dr. Kira Banks

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

Kayci Moodie

National States and Organizing Director, NextGen

Luis Ávila

President, Iconico

Paul Kim Bradfield

Southern Regional Director, Run For Something

Phi Nguyen

Director of Democracy, Demos

Regina Monge

Former Campaign Manager, Jessica Cisneros for Congress

Ruby Sarron

Training Director, ActBlue

Ryanne Brown

Digital Paid Media Director, Priorities USA

Sarah Blahovec

Co-Founder and President, Disability Victory Fund

Sean Ward

Executive Director, New Mexico Democratic Party

Shripal Shah

IE Director, House Majority PAC

Stephanie Medina

Deputy Director, Partner Engagement, ZINC Collective

Tarah Marshall

Chief of Staff, Democratic Data Exchange

Terry Bermea

Executive Director, Battleground Texas

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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