Staff Directory & Contacts

 

Larry

Larry Stafford, Jr.
Executive Director

Larry Stafford found his lifetime passion for organizing at the age of 17 as a student volunteer and eventually as a staff member for ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). There he fought against the closure of low-income apartment complexes in some of the most marginalized communities within Prince George’s County and registered hundreds of voters. He has since worked on numerous electoral and issue-based campaigns around the country including leading field efforts for races up and down the ballot from Gubernatorial contests to City Council races. He became Executive Director of Progressive Maryland in 2015 where he has helped grow the organizations budget by 700%, led the organizations electoral efforts which have reached over 500,000 Maryland voters, and elected scores of progressive candidates including 8 who defeated established incumbents. Larry also leads the organizations 501c3 arm the Progressive Maryland Education Fund which has shifted the policy landscape during his tenure resulting in victories for working people such as a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, police accountability, and publicly financed elections. Larry is committed to investing in the power and potential of Progressive Maryland's working class membership base and continuing to win progressive changes at the local, state, and national level. 

Email: [email protected]

Jennifer

Jennifer Mendes Dwyer
Deputy Executive Director

A Rhode Island native, Jennifer 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 worn a few different hats since joining the Progressive Maryland team in spring of 2016-- Lead Organizer mobilizing residents in Prince George's County, Policy and Legislative Director working to change state and county laws to benefit everyday Marylanders, and now, as Deputy Executive Director, she partners PMD with foundations and allied organizations to build power for our movement.

Email: [email protected]

 

Christianne Marguerite

Digital Communications Manager

Christianne is an experienced project manager with a proven track record in successfully engaging stakeholders, developing communication strategies, providing detailed policy analysis, delivering extensive research reports, and organizing large-scale events for multilateral governments and organizations. She is passionate about environmental justice, equitable and affordable access to natural resources, and building resilient communities. She is skilled in project planning, systems thinking, public speaking, government relations, behavior change communications, and social media management. She holds a B.A. in Global Environmental Change & Sustainability and Africana Studies; and an M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy, both from The Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she enjoys working out, playing tennis, running, hiking, kayaking, and traveling the world. She lives in Baltimore City with her partner and their pets.

Email: [email protected]

 

Patty Snee

Special Projects Lead Organizer

Patty began doing grassroots organizing as a canvasser in Philadelphia in the 1980s. She got hooked on one on one political engagement and went on to help manage door-to-door and phone canvass operations around the country as a Director with the Progressive Action Network (PAN) for 20 years. PAN trained, educated and developed canvass staff who did fundraising, base building, and data managing for PAN’s member groups like Working America, DSA, Clean Water Action, and Citizen Action. After her years at PAN, Patty went on to become the national Field Director at USAction and then at AAUW where for each organization she developed capacity-building efforts and led field and digital campaigns centered on things like economic and gender justice, immigrant rights, and healthcare for all. For the past five years she has focused on local organizing with pro-democracy groups like DCVote, the Working Families Party, and Progressive Maryland. She’s proud of her role advising and working on numerous voter engagement and turnout operations for a range of ballot measures and progressive candidates. She lives in Takoma Park, MD with her wife, Ellen, and their dog Chipper.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Malcolm Heflin

Baltimore City Lead Organizer

Malcolm grew up in Texas, and served in the US Navy from 2002-2014. In 2018 he ran as a candidate for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. That summer he also began volunteering for Ben Jealous' gubernatorial campaign through Progressive Maryland. Malcolm has worked on Fair Elections in Baltimore City, as well as Medicare for All as a member of the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Zachary Kovach

Central and Western Maryland Lead Organizer

Zach grew up across several different states-- Wisconsin, Wyoming, Arkansas, and South Dakota-- as his parents moved around the country in pursuit of educational and job opportunities. In South Dakota, Zach started college unsure of where he was going or what he would do. That all changed in the aftermath of the 2016 election.

After the election of Donald Trump, Zach felt a calling to civic engagement. Zach was elected as the President of his campus’ College Democrats and, while still in college, ran for the South Dakota State House of Representatives. After winning in the Primary, he lost the General election, but still went on to serve as an intern in the State Legislature, pursuing knowledge and persevering to serve any way that he could. Zach now brings the lessons he’s learned as well as passion, dedication, and commitment towards making the world a better place to Progressive Maryland.

Email: [email protected]

 

Jesse Noviello

Southern Maryland Lead Organizer

Jesse has participated in campaigns across the country from Maine to Washington state as both a volunteer and staff organizer. In 2018, he organized with the Maine Democratic Party in rural Aroostook County along the Canadian border. In 2019, he worked with VoterChoice Massachusetts in their efforts to implement ranked choice voting in the state. He is excited to start working with folks in Anne Arundel County and all of southern Maryland!

Email: [email protected]

 

 

DaJuan Gay

Prince George's County Lead Organizer

DaJuan Gay was born in Baltimore. His early years were chaotic and his family moved to Annapolis when he was in the sixth grade. There he found stability and became interested in civic engagement. He focused on residents who had a need, especially those whose lives were as similarly challenged as his had been.

After an unsuccessful run for Annapolis City Council representing Ward Six in 2017, he returned to the campaign trail in 2019, this time winning through a write-in campaign to become the youngest City Council member in the history of Annapolis at age 22.

DaJuan has interned for several offices in the Maryland House of Delegates, assisting with state legislation such as HB 307 establishing the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has also served as a leader on the Mayor of Annapolis's Transition team for Infrastructure, Human Services, and Public Safety and has worked on a dozen political campaigns at both the state and local levels. He lives by a slogan presented to him by a former candidate whose campaign he worked on, "Never forget why we started this journey of public service - to give a voice to those most in need".

Yves Brady
Programming & Digital Coordinator
Yves started their journey in activism right out of high school as a street canvasser in DC fighting for human rights. They have helped organize and facilitate a number of street protests throughout the years including the DC Black Woman's March of 2018. In addition, they have used their canvass knowledge to help secure electoral positions for several progressive candidates, including delegates Vaughn Stewart and Lee Carter.
After learning about Progressive Maryland, Yves joined on as a door-to-door canvasser helping the team promote progressive candidates across the state. After the 2018 election cycle when they helped lead PMD's independent expenditure campaign for Ben Jealous, they returned as an intern. Yves is pursuing a career in criminal justice law in order to become a public defender in the area to fight against unjust arrests.
Gabriela Grant
Programming & Digital Coordinator
Gabriela Grant's love for social justice began through an intercultural dialogue program called Operation Understanding DC, where she had the opportunity to go on a freedom ride through the south and was trained to lead intercultural workshops. She continued pursuing this passion at The University of Maryland, College Park, where she obtained her B.A. in Social Change through Dance - an interdisciplinary major of Leadership and Social Change, Dance Education and Creativity, and Challenges Facing Minority Youth Culture which she designed through the Individualized Studies Program. 
While in college, she had the opportunity to intern in Development for 826DC, work as a field consultant for the Matt Dernoga Campaign for Maryland State Delegate of the 21st District, and work as a dance teaching aide at High Point High school where she administered a Social Justice Through Dance Curriculum for one semester. She joined the Progressive Maryland team as an intern in May 2020 and hopes her work will make a significant impact in the community she was born and raised in.

Woody

 

Woody 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: [email protected] 

 

For all finance and administrative matters please contact Angela Lau

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