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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Taylor Hughey

OUTREACH MANAGER

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 Brattleboro with her husband and cat. She can often be found practicing her trombone, rowing, or reading a good book.

Contact Taylor: taylor@vecaa.org