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Del. Jazz Lewis
Delegate Jazz Lewis is a lifelong Prince Georgian and lives in the City of Glenarden with his wife Aurin. Jazz is a proud graduate of the Prince George’s County public school system and is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelors in Government & Politics and in 2014 with a Masters of Public Policy. Jazz got his start in community advocacy at a young age when he joined the First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Boy Scout Troop 1657. Helping the members of his community led Jazz to ultimately earn the rank of Eagle Scout and make public service his life’s calling.
Continuing his service while at the University of Maryland, Jazz served as the President of a multicultural and social justice advocacy group called Community Roots. With the help of his group members, Jazz organized over 1,000 students to protest budget cuts that threatened the job security of non-tenured faculty, including women and people of color, as well as the school’s cultural centers. After attaining his Bachelor’s degree in 2011, Jazz joined the Service Employee International Union's “Good Jobs, Better Baltimore” campaign as a Community Organizer. The campaign, consisting of a coalition of community groups across the city, organized to put Baltimore's economy back on track after the recession through pushing for living wage jobs and increased investment in Baltimore communities.
Jazz’s experience as an organizer taught him that quality jobs, which pay living wages, change communities. This inspired Jazz to focus his graduate work on issues of economic development and government contracting, especially for underrepresented communities. While working at University of Maryland’s Office of Procurement and Supply, Jazz assisted the business diversity team in ensuring the University purchased goods and services equitably, via the use of small, women-owned, and minority businesses. Finally, Jazz was also an advisor to the College Success Scholars program, a retention program focused on increasing the graduation and post-graduate employment outcomes of African American and Latino male students.
Jazz has successfully campaigned and supported the efforts of hard-working Democrats in the state of Maryland and beyond. He currently works as Executive Director of Hoyer for Congress, the Maryland political organization representing Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer. During this past Presidential cycle, Jazz also served as the Maryland Political Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton's campaign, where he was responsible for organizing the various party constituencies to support the Stronger Togetherplatform for the country.
Jazz’s core philosophy is that organized and active communities produce better outcomes for their children’s education, their local economies, and their public safety. As a member of the Prince George’s County’s Democratic Central Committee and as a founding member of the advocacy group Progressive Prince George’s, Jazz continues to be an activist focused on community engagement and building a more sustainable and fair economy.