A’shanti F. Gholar serves as the President of Emerge, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. In this role, she leads the organization and steers its overall strategy and direction, overseeing a national staff as well as affiliates across the country. A’shanti is a nationally recognized political strategist, who most recently served as Emerge’s Political Director, responsible for strengthening national partnerships and working closely with state affiliates to strategically recruit for key seats, as well as directing the organization’s overall political strategy. Prior to her role at Emerge, she has served in leadership positions at the Democratic National Committee and United Way Worldwide and as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Obama Administration. Gholar was recently named as one of She The People’s 20 for 2020, a list of women of color in politics who will play an impactful role in the 2020 elections. She was featured as a political influencer in CQ Roll Call Magazine, named a top woman of color in policy by Walker’s Legacy and was awarded the “Changemaker” award by African American Women in Business Careers. In addition, Gholar serves as an Advisory Board Member for Global GAIN, an Expert Advisor for Forward Majority Action, and a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for OxFam America. She is also the Founder of “The Brown Girls Guide to Politics,” which was named by Marie Claire as one of the top podcasts to prepare people for the 2020 election.