Charly Carter

Charly Carter is the executive director of the Democracy Initiative, the national civil rights and voting rights organization.  In Maryland, Carter was the founder of Step Up Maryland, a progressive organizing and advocacy group, and was the founding director of the group Maryland Working Families. She also has extensive experience in the labor movement.

Adrianne Flynn

Adrianne Flynn is the Internships and Career Development Director, as well as a senior lecturer, at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She has run both the Annapolis and Washington, D.C., bureaus of Capital News Service. In her long career as a reporter, she covered nearly every beat at news outlets in four states, specializing in politics and public policy. Her last reporting assignment was as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Arizona Republic. Flynn is the vice president of the Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Sebastian Johnson

Sebastian Johnson is a public policy consultant and philanthropic strategist. He is a grants manager with Arnold Ventures, where he helps to oversee the philanthropic organization’s criminal justice portfolio in corrections and reentry. He has been a senior associate at Freedman Consulting LLC; a State Policy Fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy; and a Teach for America corps member in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he taught third-grade math and social studies. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Georgetown University and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Josh Kurtz

Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.

Leonard Lucchi

Leonard Lucchi is an attorney and lobbyist. He is the former president of the Maryland Government Relations Association. He served as the director of legislative affairs for the Prince George’s County government and was a Prince George’s County Attorney. With more than 30 years as a legislative advocate at the federal, state and local levels, Lucchi has a deep understanding of public policy. He is credited with persuading the Maryland General Assembly to enact a law requiring the installation of carbon-monoxide detectors in new residential construction.

Louis Peck

Maryland Matters Co-founder Louis Peck is the founding editor of National Journal’s CongressDaily, who, over nearly two decades, built the publication into essential reading for members of Congress and their staffs, along with lawyers, lobbyists, businesses, advocates and federal officials. He is now a contributing editor for Bethesda Magazine, providing comprehensive and sophisticated coverage of Montgomery County politics, and is a senior author at the Almanac of American Politics.

Terrell Boston Smith

Terrell Boston Smith’s service in government includes his current position as the chief financial officer in the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office and his time as a special assistant to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. Smith was the campaign director for Frosh’s 2014 campaign and has also worked at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, as a government relations manager and consultant at the law office of Frank D. Boston III, and for the Baltimore Community Foundation.