California democratic party chair
Kimberly Ellis has revolutionized Democratic politics in California through her work as the first African American Executive Director in Emerge America's national network. Kimberly has dedicated her career to supporting, training, and inspiring Democratic women to step into political power all across California.
In six years and under her leadership, Emerge California has greatly expanded its reach, effectiveness, and visibility. Today, more than half of Emerge California’s 400 alumnae currently serve in elected or appointed office. Kimberly’s commitment to diversifying the state's political landscape to become truly and authentically reflective of its electorate is reflected in the Emerge alumnae: 56% are women of color. Prior to joining Emerge California, Ellis worked at Emerge America’s national headquarters as the National State Affiliate Director. In this capacity, she was responsible for launching new state programs and working with existing affiliates to increase and strengthen program quality, sustainability and growth.
Her mission is to redefine what it means to be a Democrat by getting back to our roots, doing the work in our communities and supporting local efforts of electing Democrats to office.