Justin Ross was elected to represent Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly at age 26 and quickly developed into what the Washington Post described as “among the Maryland legislature’s brightest young stars.” Serving on the House Ways and Means Committee, Ross developed an expertise in state and local taxation matters, economic development, Maryland public school funding, and state transportation funding. Ross served on the house leadership team as chief deputy majority whip, but has now retired from the General Assembly.
Ross spent more than a decade as an associate at NAI Michael Companies, working on all aspects of commercial property development and leasing. For the past three years, Ross has served as vice president of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, responsible for the investor relations, labor relations, and marketing of a $2.5 billion (net asset value) commercial real estate fund that currently has $1.2 billion (total development cost) in the development pipeline. He also helped to launch the AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund in 2011, which has raised $3.2 billion. A lifetime resident of Prince George’s County, Ross remains active in a number of charitable Prince George’s County organizations located in the county.
In July 2013, Ross joined other lobbyists to create a new government affairs firm based in Annapolis. The firm (Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson) represents corporate, labor, and nonprofit clients at the state, local, and federal levels.