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Dayle Hayre

Justice Division Campaign Strategist, National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD)


Pronouns: he/him/his


Dylan Hayre (he/him) is a Justice Division Campaign Strategist in the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department, where he leads the ACLU’s advocacy work on clemency and death penalty repeal. He also supports our state-level work on probation and parole reform, and has been helping spearhead and coordinate the organization’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact in the justice system.

Dylan has spent his career at the intersection of policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the ACLU, Dylan began his career as a prosecutor in his home state of Massachusetts, but soon left and founded his own practice to represent veterans and military families. After losing in the general election of a Massachusetts State Senate race in which Dylan brought issues of justice, housing, and education reform to the forefront, he joined a Boston-area law firm before moving to New York City and joining JustLeadershipUSA. There, Dylan served as the Senior Policy Advisor and built, advised on, or managed campaigns in numerous jurisdictions.

Throughout all that time, he also served on or advised several candidate- and issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Previously, his writings on criminal justice have been featured in Cognoscenti and The Crime Report, and he has appeared on the Opportunity Starts at Home podcast, Roland Martin Unfiltered, and in several local outlets

He is a graduate of Boston College, Boston College Lynch Graduate School of Education, and Boston College Law School. Twitter: @DylanHayre.