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Whether you’re new to politics or looking to level up your skills, there’s an Arena training for you.

Arena Training

At Arena, you’ll learn how to build winning campaigns, gain the knowledge you need to get hired, and join an inclusive and collaborative community that will support you along your career journey. 

Arena will empower you to turn your values into victories, as you learn from the most creative, strategic, and successful campaigners in the business. From our flagship Arena Academy program to our advanced Arena Academy 201 offerings, there’s a program that’s right for you.

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Arena Academy

Arena Academy is our flagship training program for new and seasoned campaign staff. Over five days, you’ll learn to build values-driven, strategic, winning campaigns alongside a diverse and supportive community of learners. We’ll teach you effective management and how to build inclusive teams, while sharpening your skills in campaign management, communications, data, digital, fundraising, or organizing. Best of all, you’ll get to put your new skills to the test in the Arena Cup!

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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.

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Upcoming Events and Trainings

LGBTQ+ Campaign Staffer Panel

June 25, 2024

Arena Academy 201: Management Skills

June 27-29, 2024
Applications are Closed
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Keynote Speakers

At Arena trainings you learn from industry experts and hear from rising starts and elected leaders. 

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-Trained Staff

Making an impact at campaigns and movement organizations.

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Tarah Marshall

After Arena Academy, Tarah worked for Senator Corey Booker’s presidential campaign.
2019 Arena Academy Graduate

Joco Soto

After Arena Academy, Joco worked as the field director for Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s campaign.
2023 Arena Academy Graduate

Adrian Esquivias

After Arena Academy, Adrian worked as a finance director for a Los Angeles City Council race.
2021 Arena Academy Graduate

David White

After Arena Academy, David became a data analyst at Zinc Labs.
2021 Arena Academy Graduate

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After training

Your time with Arena doesn’t end when your training is over. After attending an Arena training program, our Arena Careers team will help you navigate your career in politics. Whether you’re working to land your first-ever role or secure that big job you’ve been dreaming of, we’re here to help. 

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