I serve as Vice President of the Missoula Economic Partnership, a (mostly) privately led economic development organization.
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
- Community Organizer
Strategic partnerships, networking, tenacity, public relations, problem-solver
I am responsible for pro-actively identifying and courting related investment opportunities; maintaining strong funding partner relationships; working with research and economic development organizations related to MEP initiatives such as the Data Science & Technology Guild and the Blackstone LaunchPad; scoping, implementing, and leading MEP special projects, especially those focused on Data Science/Technology. I lead a staff of economic developers where we focus on business retention & expansion, business/talent attraction, and start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the Missoula Economic Partnership in September of 2014, I worked at Geographic Communication Systems (GCS) as Counsel & Director of Business Development where I coordinated and implemented marketing plans designed to maintain and increase existing business and capture new opportunities; drafted, negotiated and reviewed commercial contracts; and researched, reviewed, and advised on other related national and international law issues.
Prior to GCS, I spent five and a half years as Field Director and Counsel with former Chairman of the U.S. Finance Committee Senator Max Baucus. I am a graduate of the University of Montana, receiving my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Juris Doctorate from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law. I am part of an external review panel which reviews felony sexual assault cases for the City of Missoula’s Police Department and the University of Montana. I was appointed by the State of Montana to assist in a felony sex assault trial, as well as participating in several civil trials in Montana. I also volunteer with the Western Montana Bar Association in their Family Law Clinic.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
I would like utilize PowerHouse Montana to offer up my skills, networks, and connections, but also to seek mentorship when I face challenges or road blocks on my professional road map.