Thriving on your next campaign



Too often, campaigns do not live up to their progressive values, especially when making BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) staff feel heard, affirmed, and empowered on campaigns. As such, the progressive talent pipeline loses talented staff each cycle. 

Two Fellows, Taré Suriel and Santiago Rosales, spent six weeks crafting a survey, conducting interviews, and compiling findings and recommendations for future campaign staff and managers.   

The tools we linked out to here are recommendations and resources for campaign staff to help navigate life in campaigns.


  • Research Summary
  • Getting Started as Staff on a Campaign
    • Wellbeing
    • Job Search
    • Week One
  • Thriving on Your Next Campaign
    • One-on-Ones with Your Manager
    • Organizing & Advocating
    • After the Election
    • Talking about and Embracing Equity and Inclusion

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Republicans have spent decades cultivating talent and investing for the long run, and right now we’re paying the price. Republicans control 30 state legislatures, 28 governors mansions, and are just a few seats away from regaining control of Congress. Together with an activist Supreme Court, they’re enacting policies that turn back progress on everything from abortion to voting rights to climate change. 

Arena is building a new generation of political leaders who will lead the fight to save our democracy and build progressive power for the long run. It’s going to take all of us to make change. Join us in this work.

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