Geoffrey "Geoff" Scovil is an Albuquerque-based attorney working in habeas corpus law. In his spare time, Geoffrey Scovil supports various Albuquerque-area charitable and philanthropic organizations, including Emerge New Mexico, which trains and supports women running for Democratic office.
Addressing the lack of women in local and national office, Emerge New Mexico works to identify, train and encourage women to participate in politics. Offering an intensive six-month course, the organization works toward the goal of electing more Democratic women and aims for growth to higher offices. Emerge New Mexico is a local affiliate of Emerge America, which is active 16 other states.
Participants in the Emerge training program master a wide variety of vital skills, from public speaking and networking to campaign strategy and ethical leadership.
The United States currently ranks 97th worldwide for women in elected office, behind countries like China and Pakistan. Making up only 19 percent of Congress, women are asked to run for office far less often than men with equal qualifications. Emerge helps women gain the confidence to give back to their local communities by serving in elected government positions.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.