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.





Beth Landry
Statewide Organizing Director

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 Statewide Organizing Director, Beth works with Progressive Maryland's chapters around the state to build power for working families.  



Brandy.JPGBrandy Brooks
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. 




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.  





Djawa Hall
Montgomery County Lead Organizer

A native of Alexandria, VA, Djawa grew up in the Washington, D.C. area before moving to Florida for college, where he studied Broadcast Journalism at Florida A & M University. He started his professional career working as a radio personality, later moving to television news. Djawa wanted more than to just report on the inequalities he witnessed in his community so he got involved in political activism.
Prior to working with Progressive Maryland, Djawa worked on several electoral campaigns including gubernatorial races, congressional campaigns, state, and local city and county races in Florida, Virginia, and Maryland. He most recently served as an organizer of public employees and home healthcare workers with SEIU Virginia 512. 





Michael.jpgMichael Feldman
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. 












Charles Jackson

Baltimore City Organizing Fellow

Charles is a graduate of Coppin State College (’94) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science/Political Science. He has worked in his community and in public service in a variety of positions and capacities. He served with great pride as a special education paraeducator in the Baltimore City Public School System for 20 years. In addition to educating and empowering youth, he served as a legislative aide for the 44th legislative district under Delegate Keith Haynes, which eventually led him to a term on the State Central Committee for the 44th district. He is a husband, father, and grandfather of two. His desire is to be remembered as a servant to all who are in need of a helping hand, a reflection of the foundational faith that undergirds his life.



Qiana Johnson

Prince George’s County Formerly Incarcerated Organizing Fellow

Qiana was born in N.E Washington D.C and moved to Prince George’s County as a small child, where she has since lived for most of her life. She has a strong background in Business Administration, 10 years of service in the federal government, and is the founder of Life After Release Inc, an organization providing reentry services to formerly incarcerated Prince George’s County residents. Currently, she is pursuing in Legal Studies at UMUC with a concentration in Public Safety. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, especially empowering one of the most voiceless populations in Prince George’s County, formerly-incarcerated residents, to become productive members of our community. She believes in ensuring public safety without the criminalization of a particular race or social class, and works closely with county officials toward that goal.




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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