LBJ Women's Campaign School

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LBJ Women's Campaign School

The LBJ Women's Campaign School trains women to run for office or manage campaigns regardless of political party affiliation. We inspire women to enter the political arena, and empower them with the skills to win. Learn more.

Our first session began June 13, 2020. Meet our inaugural class—50 women leaders from eight states—doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, community activists and veterans who seek to serve their community in the political arena. To be notified when applications for our second cohort will open, please sign up for our newsletter.


WATCH: LBJ In the Arena — Women of Color in the Political Arena
As the country faces a civil rights crisis, women of color are actively involved in shaping our American democracy, whether by running or serving in elected office or leading political campaigns. Why is it so important for women of color to have representation in elected office? And what actions can be taken to recruit and support women of color on their political journey? Join us for a conversation with A'shanti Gholar, founder of the podcast "The Brown Girls Guide to Politics" and president of Emerge America; and Janelle King, co-founder of Speak Georgia and panelist on the TV show "The Georgia Gang," moderated by Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. Presented in Partnership with the LBJ Women's Campaign School.


A message from the executive director:

When we lift up women, we lift up communities, and that is especially important during times of crisis. Now more than ever before, we need women's voices in government and politics.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making some important changes to our program

First, we are moving the in-person component of our training to January 2021, but we aren't waiting until January to get started. So our second change is that we will be launching exclusive monthly virtual trainings with the nation's top political experts and campaign practitioners, available only to our inaugural cohort. These trainings will start June 13, 2020, and will be held monthly through December. Finally, we will be organizing the cohort into small groups and each group will have a trained mentor that will help guide you through the program and give you the tailored support you need.

Our nation demands women leaders, now and into the future. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Listen to what some of our board members have had to say about their experiences in politics in our Facebook Live series.


Are you ready to enter the political arena?

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) — Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr, cc 2.0 (

What we're about

Our goal is to increase the number of women in elected office and senior campaign staff positions, regardless of party.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) — Photo credit: Lauren Tarbel (

Your questions, answered

What can you expect from this multiday intensive training? What makes it different from other programs? What kind of experience is necessary?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) at the Women's March on NYC 2019 / Credit: Dimitri Rodriguez_Flickr_cc2.0

Get ready to win

We'll teach you what it takes to run a successful campaign, with a clear vision and a plan to execute it. Ready to get started?