Ashley McCurry signed up for the Emerge Maine program in 2010 directly after college with a goal to work on Democratic campaigns. She’d spent her high school and College years involved in student government and advocacy work and wanted to make it a career. 


Ashley comes to the Executive Director position at Emerge Maine after almost a decade of political leadership and fundraising experience. She worked as Finance Director for the Maine Democratic Party, Deputy Finance Director for the Mike Michaud for Governor Campaign, Deputy Finance Director of the Maine Democratic Party, and has worked in higher education and non-profit management and fundraising. In addition to fundraising work, she’s been involved in leadership roles for various organizations in political and non-profit work, on local House races and ballot initiatives.  She also served on Emerge Maine’s Development and Executive Committees. In the last year, she’s worked in consulting roles in strategic communications, fundraising, and organizational transitions. She is also a returning trainer to the Emerge Maine program.

“The Emerge Maine network has been instrumental to the career path I’ve had the privilege to take. Emerge women encouraged me to land my first fundraising job, were the first women I’d call for professional or personal advice, became my friends and chosen family, and have helped to navigate the waters during challenging experiences. In ten years, I’ve seen Emerge women candidates come into the races stronger and better prepared – and win! I have also seen women take more positions on races, in leadership on races – and soon I hope, with more leadership at Coordinated tables and as campaign managers to the biggest races. I’ve personally witnessed the benefits of Emerge through the Maine Democratic Party – and it’s my honor to keep that work moving forward with future generations of Emerge leaders.”

Ashley lives in Portland with her wife Justine, their daughter Kennedy, two dogs and a cat.

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