Five Greenville women join 25 other politically and socially active women from across the state who will make up the 2021 Emerge Class.
- Amber Galea, of Greenville, a media specialist at the Sara Collins Elementary School.
- Stacey Mars, of Piedmont, volunteer coordinator of the Greenville County Democratic Party. And also one of our Unsung Heroes for 2020.
- Tricia Paul, of Taylors.
- Kirsten Pruitt, of Greenville, secretary of Greenville County Young Democrats. And one of our Unsung Heroes for 2020.
- Ebony Sullivan, of Mauldin, chief operating officer at Cassy Electric and former events and program coordinator at the Greenville County Chamber of Commerce.
Emerge SC is the state arm of a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network. The signature training program is an immersive program designed to train women to run for – and win – public office. The program takes place over six months, is staffed by consultants and experts from across the country, and covers key topics on strategy, communications, fundraising, and public speaking.
Four previous Greenville County graduates of the program are currently serving in either elected office, like City Councilwoman Dorothy Dowe, or in leadership positions in Democratic organizations like Mary Wright, president, Democratic Women of Greenville County; Adriene Atkinson, 1st vice president of DWGC; and Timicia Grant, 2nd vice president of DWGC.
In announcing the class, Emerge notes: “This year’s class is one of the most diverse we will train at Emerge South Carolina, as over 80 percent of the class represents the New American Majority – Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women.”