Staff Bios

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Matt Levin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Matt Levin encourages strong communication and collaboration among early childhood advocates in ways that inform a broad early childhood agenda and advance the Alliance’s legislative priorities. He oversees Alliance advocacy, governance, and fundraising.

Matt is a veteran legislative advocate, community organizer, and advocacy trainer who has worked on issues ranging from workplace rights to health care, environmental protection to low-income housing. He has worked in several regions of the country in roles as diverse as community organizer, state and federal lobbyist, management and organizational development consultant, and non-profit executive director.

Since moving to Vermont in 2001, he has worked for a number of Vermont non-profits and political organizations, including Vermonters for a Clean Environment, the Vermont AFL-CIO, and Vermont Conservation Voters. In all these positions, he has focused on helping Vermonters have a voice in the legislative process, and supporting effective citizen advocacy through training and engagement. Matt has a Specialist Level II instructor certification with Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center.

Matt is a graduate of Williams College, and lives in Berlin with his wife and two children. He spends many evenings in his family vegetable, flower, and fruit gardens and processing all that the gardens produce. In colder months, he spends time playing hockey, moving fire wood around, and trying to find time to play outside with his family.

Contact Matt: matt@vecaa.org | 802-229-4281

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Dan Brown

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Dan Brown works to support Vermont’s diverse network of early childhood advocates in skill development, organizing, and lobbying assistance. 

Before joining the Alliance, Dan worked on the Zuckerman for Governor and Sanders for President campaigns.  Prior to that, Dan worked for many years in various capacities with the VT Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), where he directed the summer canvassing operation, coordinated major donor campaigns, and supported various advocacy campaigns in the legislature.    

Since graduating from UVM , Dan has been involved in legislative advocacy and community organizing efforts throughout Vermont, helping locally with efforts in Burlington and volunteering with statewide progressive groups. Dan is passionate about helping people find the power of their voice and developing the tools they need to be effective advocates. 

Dan attended Skidmore College for two years, playing baseball and studying English Literature, until transferring to the University of Vermont where he graduated with a Political Science degree.  Dan lives in the New North End of Burlington with his girlfriend and two cats. He enjoys hiking, biking and coaching Little League baseball.

Contact Dan: dan@vecaa.org

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Amy Russo-Perler

OUTREACH MANAGER
[Currently on maternity leave through August 2021]

Amy Russo-Perler is dedicated to improving the lives of young people in Vermont through meaningful advocacy.  She has worked as a program manager and educator for over a decade at various governmental and non-profit organizations committed to serving children.  She oversees the Alliance’s communications, membership, and events.

Before coming to the Alliance, Amy supported New York City students in her position as an Arts Program Manager for the Department of Education.  As part of her work, she addressed issues relating to accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in arts education and testing.  She worked to provide free access to NYC cultural institutions for school leaders and teachers through a cultural pass program. Amy also updated online resources to meet the needs of students and families with disabilities, and oversaw several citywide programs for students from grades pre-K to 12. In her role at the DOE, Amy became devoted to seeking excellence, equity, and social and economic justice for all children.

Amy graduated from the University of Connecticut and NYU, and is a recent transplant to Vermont.  She lives in Burlington with her husband, and enjoys reading, biking, hiking, and exploring her new home state.

Contact Amy: amy@vecaa.org | 860-212-5918