Main Street Alliance of Vermont (MSA-VT) announced Wednesday that Kyle Martel has joined the organization as they continue to elevate the voices of small business owners on important public policy issues in Vermont. Martel steps into the communications associate role at MSA-VT with nearly a decade of experience working in the Vermont media and political landscape. His background is in public affairs, journalism, graphic design and web development.
“I’m incredibly excited to become part of the Main Street Alliance of Vermont team,” Martel said. “This organization has done impressive work over the last few years, working with small business owners to support the Paid Sick Days Bill and Green Mountain Secure Retirement as well as Ban the Box, Automatic Voter Registration and Pregnancy Accommodation. I look forward to working with Vermont’s small business owners on issues like family and medical leave insurance, which will help grow the Vermont economy and build healthier communities across the state.”
Before joining MSA-VT, Kyle was a communications associate at Leonine Public Affairs where he worked with a handful of energy companies, managing public outreach around new development and helping international tech companies grow community projects in Vermont. Prior to working at Leonine, Kyle worked for the Times Argus and Rutland Herald as a reporter, photographer and designer.
“We are excited to have Kyle join our team,” said Lindsay DesLauriers, MSA-VT State Director. “His communications background and knowledge of the Vermont landscape will be a great asset to the organization.”
Martel joins MSA-VT as the organization enters its fourth year and the call for a statewide family and medical leave insurance program grows across the state. MSA-VT co-chairs the Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance Campaign with Voice for Vermont’s Children. The Vermont House of Representatives passed the family leave insurance bill (H.196) during the last legislative session, and the Senate is expected to take it up in January 2018.