Campaign for Vermont names Cyrus Patten as new Executive Director

Press Release: Campaign for Vermont

Montpelier, Vt. – Campaign for Vermont today announced the hiring of Cyrus Patten as the new executive director of the non-partisan public advocacy organization.

“Cyrus has a diverse and proven background in social services, non-profit management, fundraising, community outreach, as well as public and government relations, said Louise McCarren, chair of the CFV board. “We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber as our first-ever Executive Director.”

Patten most recently served as the Director of Comprehensive Care Programs at the HowardCenter in Burlington, where he supervised a continuum of programming for children and families while managing a multimillion dollar budget and over 100 staff and foster parents.

During his tenure, Patten oversaw a significant overhaul of programming that eliminated redundancies, identified new revenue and strengthened relationships with stakeholders.

Prior to his role with HowardCenter, Patten worked with several notable Vermont nonprofits including Spectrum Youth & Family Services and Northeastern Family Institute, as well as within the child welfare system in Larimer County Colorado.

Patten will be tasked with maintaining CFV’s advocacy efforts both inside and outside of the statehouse, working with CFV’s board of directors to chart the group’s strategic course and leading development and sustainability efforts.

“I am excited for the opportunity to use my skills and enthusiasm to advocate for common sense, non-partisan solutions that will help improve the quality of life for Vermonters,” said Patten. “As a state we need to ensure that our policy-making decisions will truly lead Vermont and its families toward a more economically secure future – one where education and jobs thrive, cost of living figures are realistic and sustainable and we’re able to better help those in need of assistance.”

Patten is an adjunct professor of organizational change/development, social welfare policy and community organizing at the University of Vermont. He is also past-president of the Vermont Coalition of Residential Providers, where he led the group’s advocacy efforts.

Patten holds both a bachelor and masters degree in social work from Colorado State University and is currently working towards a doctorate in education from the University of Vermont. He resides in New Haven with his wife and daughter.

Campaign for Vermont, a 501c(4) organization, advocates public policy changes to improve Vermont’s economic landscape to one of shared prosperity by reconnecting middle-class Vermonters to their government. For more information about Campaign for Vermont, visit the website at