January Alumni News

Without a doubt, 2018 goes in the books as one of the most remarkable years in IGNITE’s history. In the inaugural year of the Alumni Network, we launched an Alumni Ambassador program, hosted the first COACH Convention, connected alumni with mentors and continued fostering the political ambition of our members.

Alumni rallied to elect more women to political office, ran for office in their communities and stepped up as Canvas Captains to lead door-to-door voter registration drives across the country. Your energy and passion are awe-inspiring!

We’ve got awesome alumni programming planned for the next few months -- including in-person and online events designed to amplify your political leadership and professional career. Stay tuned on our alumni Facebook page and reach out if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Whitney Thomas  
Alumni Network Manager  



Audacious Alumni Who Ran in 2018 

Mya Whitaker, ran for Oakland City Council

“Do not let anybody get in the way of chasing after your dreams, even if it is in politics. I ran for office because my community deserved to see change; we may not have won on the first shot, but we did change the status quo."

Jocelyn Yow, elected to Eastvale City Council

"I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the city I proudly call home. It was surreal, but powerful, seeing photos of myself on the dias with all the other councilmen. While I am proud to be the youngest and the first woman of color to be serving on the city council, it is also my obligation to ensure I am not the last."

Caitlin Quinn, elected to Petaluma Board of Education

“Running for office as a 25-year-old was exhausting, inspiring, and exhilarating. The people in Petaluma deserve a responsive and innovative school board and I am so humbled to have the opportunity to serve our students, staff, and community.”


Alumni Conference Committee

Your input is critical to developing quality alumni programming, and we want your help planning the alumni track at our upcoming conferences. Join one of our brainstorming calls to voice your opinions!


Real Talk

Real Talk sessions are short, online conversations each month where your fellow alumni sound off about what motivates them to lead with integrity, impact change in their communities and what it takes to balance it all.

Malynda Rascoe is continuing the conversation about prioritizing self-care. Join us for Real Talk: I am Prioritizing Self-care on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST, LIVE on Facebook.


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