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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Find out how you can help us change the political landscape of Maryland by transforming the oppressive systems surrounding us.

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.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jen Dwyer
POLICY & DEVELOPMENT
Nikki MG Cole
ORGANIZING DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Mackenzie
DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE ORGANIZING
Angum Check
PG COUNTY LEAD ORGANIZER
Kenyarn Maxfield
BALTIMORE LEAD ORGANIZER
Jacci Smith
MONTGOMERY COUNTRY LEAD ORGANIZER
Alexiss Kurtz
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Woody Woodruff – Blog Manager, PG County, woodlanham@gmail.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