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I am a social worker…

husband…

Vermonter…

and soon to be father…

I am the Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization. We are focused on advancing nonpartisan reforms that are most important to the future of Vermont and the economic security and prosperity of every Vermonter.

This quote says it all: “Campaign for Vermont believes in defining solutions, building consensus and achieving compromise. We are a nonpartisan organization that welcomes all ideas and points of view. We do not support, or oppose, candidates and will never be connected to a political party. We are independent. We can, and will, go where politicians will not. We will always put people ahead of politics.”

I am a doctoral candidate in Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. My research has focused on complex system change in the human services sector, alternative and creative funding streams and socially responsible endowments.


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From the blog

VPR Commentary: Party Politics

Listen to, or read, my first Vermont Public Radio Commentary.  http://www.tinyurl.com/kalposq “Recently, I bought gas at a small store in Charlotte.  There were three people sitting outside at a patio table, having a lively discussion.  When I finished at the...

Less than four minutes to make a point

A very brief interview on WCAX TV, in which I describe my experience as a child protection social worker, and call for reforms to the Vermont child welfare system. WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and...

Vermont Kids Deserve Better

Two children died recently. There is no escaping the conclusion that they were failed by the system. Yet we’ve been told our system has not failed. The discussion around these tragedies has focused on blame. Blaming the social workers that may have been the last...

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Email: cyrus [at] cyruspatten.com
Phone: (VT) 497-4864
Mail: 77 College St. #3B Burlington, VT 05401