Original Air Date: April 16, 2012
Elbridge James is President of the Board of Progressive Maryland, an affiliate organization of US Action. He is also the Political Action Chair for the Maryland State NAACP; and a co-founder and director of the Maryland Black Family Alliance, a coalition of Black leaders, families and individuals of many faiths. Elbridge works to build coalitions of religious, labor, and community leaders to defend the interests of working families against the special interests. Under his leadership, Progressive Maryland continues to grow as a strong statewide organization capable of enacting big reforms, such as our bills to raise the minimum wage, support tax fairness and strengthen public education and health care in our state.
For more than a decade, Elbridge has served, in Annapolis, MD as the chief lobbyist and legislative advocate for the Maryland State NAACP. He has worked on legislative issues for the ACLU of Maryland, Equality Maryland and Progressive Maryland. Elbridge has a proven track record of passing civil rights and pro-worker reforms in Annapolis. He was instrumental in banning racial profiling and expanding voting rights, among other issues. Mr. James is retired from the University of Maryland; he lives with his wife Debra in Rockville, they have three grown children.