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

Chief Operations Officer

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.




Jennifer Dwyer
Policy and Legislative Director

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 joined Progressive Maryland in spring of 2016 as the Lead Organizer for Prince George's County, and now serves as the Policy and Legislative Director working to change state and county laws to benefit everyday Marylanders.






Seanniece.jpgSeanniece Bamiro
Prince George's County Lead 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.  






Michael.jpgMichael Feldman
Baltimore City Lead Organizer

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Michael relocated to Maryland in May of 2016. 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. 


















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.  






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Phone: 301-642-2824






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