PORTLAND, Maine — Emerge Maine has hired Jill Barkley of Portland to be the new Executive Director of the organization, which recruits, trains, and inspires Democratic women to run for political office.
“As part of the Emerge Class of 2009, I gained confidence, new skills, and an incredible network of support,” said Barkley. “I am excited to continue to strengthen the Emerge network of Democratic women from all across our state in my new role as Executive Director.”
Emerge Maine is one of fourteen state Emerge programs across the country. Emerge is committed to increasing the number of Democratic women in office, building a strong network of dedicated women leaders, and creating a pipeline of Democratic candidates at all levels of government.
“Jill will be a tremendous asset to Emerge,” said Denise Tepler, an alumna from the Class of 2008 and the President of the Emerge Maine Board. “Jill has extensive experience in Maine Democratic politics, she is an Emerge alumna, and she shares our passion for increasing the number of Democratic women in political office.”
After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Barkley relocated from her native home of Michigan to Maine in 2004. While gaining experience in the non-profit sector, Barkley went on to pursue a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Barkley’s work experience has included positions at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Michaud for Governor, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
“Emerge works to send smart Maine women to our city halls, school committees, the Maine State House, and our nation’s capital,” said Barkley. “As someone who’s passionate about increasing the number of Democratic women in office, I cannot imagine a job I’d enjoy more. I’m honored to continue this organization’s proven track record of success.”
Barkley will officially begin her work with Emerge on Jan. 2.