Staff Bios

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Matt Levin


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: | 802-229-4281


Dan Brown


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.

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Taylor Hughey


Taylor Hughey supports the mission of the Alliance by managing communications, overseeing annual events, and supporting the growth and development of our membership.


She comes to advocacy through teaching. Taylor has been a music educator for many years, working with students ages PreK through university. She lived in Los Angeles for five years, where she was a professional trombone player while attending graduate school and is still a sponsored performing artist with Courtois trombones. After graduating, she moved overseas to teach in the Shandong province in China as a Professor of Music at Heze University. Following that, she moved to Kampala, Uganda, where she was the Head of Brass Development for Brass for Africa. She has lived in Vermont since 2019, working most recently as an elementary school music teacher.

Taylor holds a Doctoral degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. She lives in Newport with her husband and cat. She can often be found practicing her trombone, rowing, or reading a good book.

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