Staff Directory & Contacts

Larry

Larry Stafford, Jr.
Executive Director

Larry began his career in public service at the age of 17 with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). There he fought against the closure of low-income apartment complexes in some of the most marginalized communities within Prince George’s County. He has since worked  on numerous electoral and issue-based campaigns around the country. He became Executive Director of Progressive Maryland in 2015 where he continues to grow the organization as the premier progressive force in the state working to build power for working families.  

Email: larry@progressivemaryland.org 

 

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Alexiss Kurtz
Movement Politics Director

Alexiss Kurtz grew up in N.E. Washington, DC and is a proud product of DC. Public Schools. Growing up in Washington, DC, she saw too many young, gifted, and black children not make it out of poverty. However, she overcame and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University. After college Alexiss became an activist and organizer in North Carolina, working on several electoral and issue campaigns. Under her field plan, North Carolina was able to defeat a radical conservative Governor and turn out progressives throughout the state. She advocates for equal access for low income children, fair pay for women, and the end of institutionalized racism. Alexiss is currently our Movement Politics Director, where she works to ensure progressives have the organized power in order to win elections in Maryland. Email: alexiss@progressivemaryland.org

17308747_1457409690945360_3677916490902512003_n.jpgJustin Vest
Statewide Lead Organizer

An Alabama native, Justin earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Alabama with a concentration in policy and nonprofit management. He has been a progressive activist for over 10 years working on issues around the country at all levels of government. He moved to Silver Spring, MD in 2014 for a racial justice internship at the Center for American Progress. Justin joined Progressive Maryland in 2015 where he has worked on numerous issue-based campaigns including paid sick leave, police reform, expanding tax credits for working families, and the Fight For $15. His primary responsibilities include chapter building, leadership development, and organizing strategy.  Email: justin@progressivemaryland.org

 

Jennifer

 

Jennifer Dwyer
Legislative & Policy Coordinator

A Rhode Island native, Jennifer Dwyer moved to Prince George’s County in 2004 to pursue a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2013, while working on her Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College, Jennifer discovered Walmart had plans to build a 24-Hour Supercenter 150 feet behind her home in a quiet neighborhood in Bowie, Maryland. She organized her neighbors to stop the project–and they won! She has continued organizing her community around workers’ rights and environmental justice issues since joining Progressive Maryland.  Email: jennifer@progressivemaryland.org

 

 

 

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Leadership Development Organizer

Brandy H. M. Brooks is an activist, educator, facilitator, and designer who has spent more than 10 years working on social and environmental justice. Her areas of focus include community organizing and power-building; community-based design and land use planning; and food justice and food sovereignty. She was the founding executive director of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston and has worked in senior management roles with The Rudy Bruner Foundation, The Food Project, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and Dreaming Out Loud. Brandy holds a Bachelor of Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College and a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University; she is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a 2016 New Economy Maryland Fellow. Brandy loves spending time with her family, singing & dancing, and curling up with a good book.  Email: Brandy@progressivemaryland.org

  

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Blog Manager (Volunteer)

A former opinion editor of the now-defunct daily ​Prince George's Journal and instructor in composition, media writing and journalism at Prince George's Community College, he has a Ph.D in Mass Communication from the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Lanham, MD.  Email: woodlanham@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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Prince George's Co-Op Organizer

Seanniece Bamiro is a N.E. DC native and longtime Prince George's County  resident. She pursued a B.A. in Political Science from UMBC and a Masters of Public  Policy from University Maryland College Park. Through her experiences growing  up in Prince George's, studying political power and the impact of mal-intentioned  laws on black and brown communities, she sees the need for arming Prince  Georgians with the tools to lead their own communities. She has a dedication to  fuse equity into policy and see all communities receive the resources that they  deserve. Seanniece will be mobilizing supporters and teams around bail reform and  criminal justice issues in Prince George's  County.  Email: Seanniece@progressivemaryland.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore City Lead Organizer

Anthony holds a Masters of Public Administration in Governance & Public Policy. He received a graduate certificate at George Washington University in Political Management. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis in African American Studies and a minor in Communications. Anthony S. White has worked on local, state, and national campaigns for over ten years. He is a Community Organizer, Educator and a Political Strategist, who is always in the fight seeking truth and justice for those who are in need of it most; by holding those in power accountable. He is deeply committed to empowering disenfranchised constituencies with the tools needed to become actively engaged community members so to be able to preserve and protect their own humanity, through grassroots, civic and political activism.   Email: Anthony@progressivemaryland.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth.jpgBeth Landry
Health Care Organizer

Beth Landry, BSN, RN is originally from Salisbury, MD. Beth has nine years of bedside nursing experience in critical care in the post-anesthesia care and neurology specialties, and became more focused on advocacy as a shop steward and negotiation facilitator for National Nurses United in Washington, DC. Beth was elected as Maryland's 6th Congressional District Delegate to the 2016 DNC for Sen. Sanders, and continued progressive work afterwards in her hometown by launching the Frederick County Progressives. She has worked on campaigns in Maryland and Washington,D.C. such as nurse-to-patient ratios, earned family leave, and Maryland's fracking ban. As Progressive Maryland's Healthcare Organizer, Beth is building power around the state by advocating for real solutions for real people and healthcare as a human right with the Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare Campaign. Email: Beth@progressivemaryland.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Shore Organizing Fellow

Progressive Maryland’s new Healthcare Fellow, Michael Feldman, is a originally from Jacksonville, Florida who relocated to Salisbury, Maryland in May of 2016. He is the Chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus, and a member of Retail, Wholesale, & Department Store Union Local 108, UFCW. In Maryland, he has worked with campaigns for the Democracy Amendment Resolution advocating for free and fair elections and overturning the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizen’s United. He started the group Lower Shore Progressive Caucus and continues to collaborate with them to consolidate and amplify progressive political power in a traditionally rural area. Email: Michael@progressivemaryland.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact

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35 University Blvd. East
Silver Spring, MD 20901-2437

Phone: 301-358-4071