Representative Democracy includes widely respected organizations that offer leadership development programs and career development support for diverse Congressional staff at every level: from Interns to Chiefs of Staff to elected officials. These programs serve as pathways to opportunity that ensure new and bold voices are part of and actively engaging in our democracy.

Some Representative Democracy members offer leadership programs for Hill staffers while others generate data and execute issue-based campaigns that center DEI.

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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.


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College to Congress is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of public servants. College to Congress also offers C2C-U, a free, self-paced professional development program for college students and recent graduates eager to intern and work in public service. In addition to its online curriculum, C2C-U also pairs graduates with a professional mentor and assists in the job placement process. 


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The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977 CMF has worked internally with Member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF offers guidance and professional development training for all levels of congressional staff from interns to Chiefs of Staff. 


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The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that creates ideas to improve the socioeconomic status and civic engagement of African Americans.


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Pay Our Interns is the only bipartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for an increase in the amount of paid internships within our government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors.


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The Aspen Institute Socrates Program provides a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates also provides the opportunity for participants to enter into a diverse professional network, and into the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs.


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Staff Up Congress’ mission is to increase the number of qualified and talented staffers of color that desire to put their skills to work on behalf of the American people in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. This nonpartisan initiative will grow the pool of candidates for senior positions; develop candidates’ skills and networks; build a sustainable pipeline of candidates from the entry level to Chief of Staff; and persuade hiring managers to actively consider, recruit and hire candidates in an inclusive manner.


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The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.


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The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization whose mission is to bring together a community of bipartisan women policymakers and trusted partners to advance issues of importance to women, develop the next generation of women leaders, and foster a more effective and representative democracy.

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