maurice simpson, jr.

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maurice Simpson, Jr., is a youth advocate, public servant and political strategist. He has over 7 years of advocacy, political, legislative and issue-based campaign experience.

Maurice is currently serving his second term as president of the Prince George’s County Young Democrats (PGCYD), where he has quickly become one of the go-to point people in Maryland on activating young people for real political action. Most recently, under Maurice’s direction, PGCYD partnered with Just Kids Maryland, a youth advocacy group, to successfully pass legislation that ended Maryland's practice of holding young people ages 14 to 17 who are automatically charged as adults in adult jails.

While studying political science in Atlanta, Maurice worked on several political campaigns, including: Students for Barack Obama 2008, Alvelyn Sanders for Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed’s successful campaign in 2009. Additionally, he served as a legislative aide to a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. In 2012, Maurice worked tirelessly on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign, focusing on youth mobilization. He was also active with local grassroots campaigns on state ballot initiatives, including the Maryland Dream Act. During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Maurice worked to elect Maryland's first African-American Democratic nominee for Governor.

Maurice has served at every level of the Young Democrats of America (YDA). In 2013, he was elected to YDA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Board and recently ended his term as vice-chair of YDA’s national Black Caucus, where he was a strong voice for young African-Americans. Maurice is also National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Maryland and a member of the DNC Youth Council.

Outside politics, Maurice serves on the board of the Maryland Community Development Corporation and is an active member of the Prince George’s County NAACP and First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Maurice received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University in May 2011 and is pursuing his J.D. at the University of Baltimore School of Law as a part-time evening student.