We’re building an enduring progressive talent pipeline.

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For far too long, progressives have underinvested in talent. This leads to poor retention of campaign staff, dependency on consultants, burn out, and brain drain. And most importantly, it leads to weaker campaigns. We believe that winning campaigns don’t just happen — they are created and run by behind-the-scenes political professionals, and we must do more to elevate and support them.

That’s why we built Arena Academy, a best-in-class training program for political professionals.

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Cutting-edge training

Participants will learn campaign fundamentals, explore emerging insights, and translate political science into action.

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Facilitated by leading experts

The course will be facilitated by experts, and will be highly experiential, practical, and immersive.

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Tracks for managers, directors, and organizers

All Academy tracks place a heavy emphasis on cultivating strategic leadership and management skills and the integration of data, technology, and digital tools.

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High-performing graduates will be eligible for paid Arena research fellowships and will interview with Arena campaign recruiters.

Attend the first Arena Academy

February 22 – 26

Des Moines,

Early Decision Deadline
December 21, 2018

Our first Arena Academy will take place in Des Moines, Iowa from February 22nd – 26th, 2019, and will be offered to aspiring campaign managers, organizing directors, finance directors, communications staffers, and organizers. Each track will be tailored to these roles, but all will incorporate a heavy emphasis on digital, data, leadership, and management. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The cost of registration for all five days of Arena Academy is $300. We’ll offer full and partial need-based scholarships as part of the application process -- and your response to this question will not impact your eligibility.

Can’t make it to Iowa?

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