Staff Directory and Contact

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 

JustinJustin Vest
Lead Organizer, Montgomery County

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. He also provides administrative support and manages digital advocacy.  Email: justin@progressivemaryland.org

Jennifer

 

Jennifer Dwyer
Lead Organizer, Prince George’s County

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

Jordan

Jordan Baucum Colbert
Policy and Civic Engagement Coordinator

A native of Washington, D.C., she graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Jordan holds a life-long devotion to public service. As an undergraduate, she interned for the NAACP Washington Bureau and in the office of U.S. House Representative, Marcia L. Fudge. During law school she served as the President of Street Law, Secretary of the Black Law Student Association, and as a member of Students for Public Interest.  Email: jordan@progressivemaryland.org

WoodyWoody Woodruff
Blog Manager

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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