Learn About Our Mission
Who We Are
The Progressive Maryland Education Fund (PMEF) was founded to empower communities to act for social and economic justice by developing leaders and cultivating allies in order to build a grassroots movement with the power to advance economic, racial, and environmental equity.
Our mission is to build a society and economy that works for all Marylanders, with special emphasis on traditionally marginalized groups–low and moderate-income residents, people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and all oppressed and exploited people. We seek to build a grassroots electoral force capable of changing the social, economic, and political landscape of Maryland by transforming oppressive systems into those that honor the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings by meeting their basic needs, providing a quality standard of living, and freedom to self-determine.
What We Value
Since PMEF’s founding in 2000, we have helped win important victories including increasing the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, bail and police reform, legislation to combat income inequality between men and women, making childcare and prescription drugs more affordable, campaign finance reform in three counties, and paid sick leave for thousands of workers across Maryland.
What We Believe
PMEF’s primary path to power is community organizing and leadership development in traditionally marginalized communities. We do this because we believe that, to make real change, we must deeply involve those that are most impacted by systemic injustice. This involvement must not be merely transactional, but transformational in the sense that we must develop leadership and skilled capacity within the communities of those most impacted by current systemic breakdowns.
Our Staff and Leaders
The Progressive Maryland Education Fund is a proud team of organizers working to drive our vision for an equitable, thriving, safe state for all. As a member of Progressive Maryland, one of your many benefits is having direct access to some of the best organizers in the state.
Larry Stafford Jr.
POLICY & DEVELOPMENT
Nikki MG Cole
DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE ORGANIZING
PG COUNTY LEAD ORGANIZER
BALTIMORE LEAD ORGANIZER
MONTGOMERY COUNTRY LEAD ORGANIZER
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Woody Woodruff – Blog Manager, PG County, email@example.com
Kristy Fogle – Baltimore Chapter Leader/ MD Progressive Healthcare Coalition Leader
Claire Miller – Anne Arundal Chapter Leader
Maria Dennis – Frederick Chapter Leader
Jared Schieblin – Lower Shore Chapter Leader
Jake Burdett – Student Leader
Kiana Fok – Howard County Leader