Hartland, Vermont , United States
|| November 20, 1969
Jul 08, 2016 02:39pm
|Info||With a career as both a business executive and an innovative public servant, Matt Dunne has the unique experience necessary to take Vermont forward into the next era. Whether as a leader at global firms, a state legislator, or as director of the federal AmeriCorps*VISTA program, Matt's professional life exhibits energy, experience, and innovation. |
Matt currently serves as the Manager of Community Affairs for Google, acting as a liaison between the company and communities around the world. He promotes productive partnerships between the private and public sectors, and plays a critical role in maintaining local corporate social responsibility.
Matt attended Brown University and majored in Public Policy, graduating in 1992. He then returned home to Vermont and, at 22, was elected to the state legislature, representing Hartland and West Windsor.
Elected to four terms in the State House, Matt focused his attention on three core areas: engaging youth in government and community service, promoting the arts, and sparking innovative job-creation and redevelopment of Vermont's historic downtowns.
While in the house, Matt served in a variety of leadership roles, including the Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. In 1998 he became the youngest House Majority Whip in the country at the time. He also received a commendation from the National American Legion for his extensive support of veterans.
As a part-time legislator, Matt pursued a high-tech marketing career, becoming Director of Marketing for Logic Associates, a local software company that during his tenure grew to over 18 million in sales. During the same period Matt also co-founded Cabin Fever Productions, which managed the Briggs Opera House and facilitated concerts in downtown White River Junction.
After seven years in the House, Matt was asked by President Clinton to serve as the Director of the AmeriCorps*VISTA program at the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington DC. He served for two and a half years under two different Presidents, Clinton and Bush.
As the executive of this $85 million federal program, Matt oversaw more than 6,000 full-time volunteers in the fight against poverty.
As director, he overhauled VISTA's training programs, initiated an alumni program, and launched a new Entrepreneur Corps to empower low-income residents by training them in financial literacy and the effective development of small businesses. Improved recruitment efforts led to the highest level of participation in the history of AmeriCorps*VISTA. In addition, he built and strengthened partnerships with faith-based groups and institutions of higher education, including the Vermont School of International Training.
In 2002, Matt returned to Vermont and was elected to the state Senate, representing Windsor County – Vermont's largest geographical district. After working with his colleagues to create a stand-alone Senate Economic Development committee, Matt offered a comprehensive economic development package, including support for greater investment in entrepreneurs and strengthening of the 'brownfields' downtown revitalization program. He advanced legislation to drive the development of regional technology incubators, streamlined regulations and encouraged foreign companies to locate in Vermont, and created a seed capital fund to provide investment for early stage Vermont companies.
In addition to his economic development efforts, Matt successfully fought efforts to cut healthcare to the poor, increased funding for individual development accounts, pushed for federal recognition of Vermont's civil union policy, gave veterans preference for state jobs and promoted incentives to encourage the production and use of clean, renewable energy.
While serving again as a part-time legislator, Matt assumed a new role as the Associate Director for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy where he oversaw programs to prepare young people for careers in non-profit management and public service including the Policy Research Shop. He also served as Chair of the VT Delegation to the New England Board of Higher Education.
In recognition of his dedication to service and community, Matt was honored in 2004 with the national 'Rising Star' Award by 21st Century Democrats.
Matt left the Senate and Dartmouth in 2006 to run for Lieutenant Governor. His campaign exhibited a strong grassroots core and a unique level of engagement of Vermont's youth through service politics, connecting his campaign volunteers and staff with communities around the state to provide opportunities for engaging in service projects such as stocking food shelves, building trails, and cleaning up parks. The campaign provided hundreds of hours of direct service volunteer hours in communities across Vermont, and spurred the creation of the Service Politics Institute.
Matt and his wife, Sarah Stewart Taylor, a journalist and mystery writer, live in Matt’s childhood home in Hartland. They are the parents of Judson, Abraham and Cora.