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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. (he/him)
Executive Director
Jennifer Mendes Dwyer (she/her)
Deputy Executive Director
Ann Keasling (she/her)
Montgomery County Housing Organizer
Anne-Margaret Denlinger (she/her)
Operations Specialist
Anton Aluquin (he/him)
Prince George's County Organizer
Christianne Marguerite (she/her)
Director of Communications
Janay Fenner (she/her)
Communications Coordinator
Josie Pines (they/them)
Development Specialist
Kurt Stand (he/him)
Returning Citizens Task Force Organizer
Lev Hirschhorn (he/him
Director of Organizing
Max Socol (he/him)
Director of Campaigns
Patty Snee (she/her)
Healthcare Organizer
Senay Emmanuel (he/him)
Climate Policy Analyst
Shannon Talbert (She/Her)
Black Workers Center Organizer
SirJames Weaver (he/him)
Environmental Justice Organizer
Woody Woodruff (he/him)
Blog Manager

For all finance and administrative matters please contact Angela Lau.

Email: finance@progressivemaryland.org


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.


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.


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.