Staff Directory & Contacts


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.  




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:

17308747_1457409690945360_3677916490902512003_n.jpgJustin Vest
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:




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:



WoodyWoody Woodruff
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:




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