Kiersten Iwai


Executive Director

Inside the office: Kiersten spends her time bragging about Forward Montana’s badass programs, staff, and interns.

Outside the office: You can find Kiersten eating french fries after a long day in the mountains or dancing the night away.

Amara Reese-Hansell


Program Director

Inside the Office: Amara enjoys telling poorly delivered jokes to anyone who will listen and being inspired by the young people that walk through the doors of FMT everyday.

Outside the Office: Amara likes to drink wine and spend time with her angel pup, Ren — also known as Rennifer, and provide skincare consultations to her friends (even when they haven’t requested one).

Annie Warner


Senior Operations Manager

Inside the Office: Annie is most likely on her fourth cup of coffee and feeling jazzed about expense reports and democracy!

Outside the Office: Annie is either shredding fresh pow on the mountain or tossing out unsolicited podcast recommendations. Or else, check Costco.

TW Bradley


Development Manager

Inside the Office: Bradley can be found listening to classical music and thinking up new ways to get more people involved within democracy.

Outside the Office: Bradley enjoys caring for their plants, propagating new plant babies, and can be found at any local farmers market buying even more plants.

Erin Miller


Senior Organizing Manager

Inside the Office: Erin is definitely finding a new 2000s hits playlist while empowering Forward Montana’s field team to be the best that they can be. 

Outside the Office: Erin can be found basking in the sun like an iguana or near the desserts.

Pari Kemmick


Billings Field Manager

Inside the Office: Pari gets SO excited about the people and places of Eastern Montana and how hard our volunteers and interns work to make it a better, more inclusive place.

Outside the Office: Pari can be found drinking champagne or exploring the state, finding every last body of water to soak in with her sweet partner and pup.

Emma Bode


Bozeman Field Manager

Inside the Office: Emma gets nerdy with the data and is energized by intern and volunteer passion for youth engagement.

Outside the Office: Emma can be found rambling around the mountains, rescuing overripe produce, or making unconventional concoctions in the kitchen.

McKeely Shannon


High School Program Manager

Inside the Office: McKeely can be found being a general enthusiast about the dedication of high schoolers to create change in their communities and state.

Outside the Office: McKeely is usually moseying around the outdoors, cooking for her friends, and reading one of the many library books she has checked out.

Trista Fery


Digital Communications Manager

Inside the Office: To the tune of whatever new artist she’s listening to that week, Trista is most likely consuming copious amounts of coffee while tracking social media accounts and following breaking news.

Outside the Office: Trista can be found experimenting with new recipes, taking laps at Bridger Bowl, or obsessing over her cat Meeko with whoever will listen.

Kenzie Carter


Missoula Field Manager

Inside the Office: Kenzie can be found making reliably undignified facial expressions during Zoom calls and happily wrangling a small but mighty herd of interns.

Outside the Office: Kenzie chronically overuses the word “Yeehaw” and channels the major horse-girl energy leftover from her childhood into watercolor paintings of oddly-proportioned cowgirls.

Brian Hoffman


Flathead Field Manager

Inside the Office: Brian can be found reconnecting with his hometown community of Kalispell after moving back from Brooklyn and brainstorming ways to get folks in the Flathead Valley excited about voting.

Outside the Office: Brian can be found birdwatching, eating lots of cookies, and stealing his parents’ dog to go swimming in the lake.

Angie Hoang standing in front of brick wall

Angie Hoang


Content Creator

Inside the Office: Angie can be found sitting cross-legged in their chair or laying on the floor while they figure out how to make cute graphics that gets people excited about democracy!

Outside the Office: Angie is either recording music, helping a friend mix their next album, or loudly playing tunes while trying out a new recipe.

Izzy Milch


LGBTQ+ Advocacy Organizer

Inside the Office: You can catch Izzy chugging cold brew, openly weeping about how much they love their community, and doing absolutely anything to avoid sitting still while they dream about the future of queer connection in Montana.

Outside the Office: Izzy’s probably either being a dirtbag at the skatepark, giving themselves an ill-advised stick-and-poke tattoo, or getting way too into an exciting new hobby they’ll abandon within a month.

Halle Smith


Missoula Voter Registration Organizer

Inside the Office: Halle can be found reveling in the collective power of young Montanans coming together to create sustainable and supportive systems for everyone.

Outside the Office: Halle is probably running around in the mountains with her pups, hanging out with her plants, or watching unfortunate reality TV.

Lauryn Tecca


Billings Voter Registration Organizer

Inside the Office: Lauryn LOVES to talk to people about the importance of voting and making sure Montana youth are empowered to do so.

Outside the Office: Lauryn can be found in the nearest hiking trail, picking up every single rock she finds and asking people what it is (even if it’s just asphalt.)

Anaya Paschal


Bozeman Voter Registration Organizer

Inside the Office: Anaya is often researching ways to reach out to underrepresented groups in the state and make sure they get registered to vote and keep voting consistently!

Outside the Office: Anaya is often stuck behind a book or binging a good Netflix show when she isn’t advocating for important issues in the Bozeman area.