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Staff

Kiersten Iwai

(she/her)

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.

Margo Ensz

(she/her)

Development Director

Inside the office: You’ll find Margo perpetually gobsmacked by the work of her incredible colleagues, and opening yet another tab in her quest for funding (call her if you want to support our work!).

Outside the office: Margo spends most of her time trying to consciously raise a tiny human, scrambling the hillsides with her pups and pals, and playing trivia.

Courtney Smith

(she/her)

Director of Voter Engagement

Inside the Office: You’ll find Courtney strategizing about registering voters and encouraging as much voter turnout as possible! 

Outside the Office: During the summer Courtney can be found hiking or soaking at the nearest hot springs. In winter, she can be found hibernating with her cat!

Lyla Brown

(she/her)

senior Organizing Manager

Inside the office: Lyla can be found drinking at least three drinks at a time, listening to Lizzo on repeat, and day-dreaming about a Montana where all young people feel represented and cared for.

Outside the office: You can find Lyla getting lost on walks in Bozeman because she got distracted, playing with her cat (the most perfect angel baby), or trying to recreate baked good she sees on tv (and sometimes failing).  

Annie Warner

(she/her)

Operations Director

Inside the Office: Wake up babes, expense reports are due! Most often you can find Annie creating spreadsheets in colors that hurt her eyes or signing emails off with “love you <3” 

Outside the Office: Annie can be found walking, biking, or long-boarding around town with her dog Gilly, knitting various winter garments, or laughing down a mountain on her skis

Devin Filicicchia

(he/him)

Civic Education Organizer

Inside the office: You’ll find Devin sitting with terrible posture and a cup of coffee—brainstorming ways how he can best empower the next generation of leaders!

Outside the office: Devin can be found canoeing on the Blackfoot, getting heartburn after drinking a Chelada, biking around Missoula, half-heartedly learning guitar, or talking to his dog like she is an elected official.

Mandy Gerth

(she/her)

Flathead Field Manager

Inside the office : Mandy has a hard stop at no coffee after 2pm and no Lacroix until 3pm. Other than making up arbitrary limits around the timing of office beverages she is very excited about cultivating community in the flathead & amplifying youth voices because kids these days…are flipping awesome. 

Outside the office: Mandy loves all the outdoors Montana things and has an eclectic set of interests from weightlifting, drawing, writing poetry, noticing clouds, and spending time with her three kids.

Pari Kemmick

(she/her)

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.

Izzy Milch

(they/them)

SENIOR Advocacy MANAGER

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.

Jana Richter

(they/she/he)

Missoula Field Manager

Inside the office: You’ll find Jana talking to themselves just a little too loudly while head thrashing to a power-ballad, rolling around excitedly in their chair about community building ideas, and sending everyone at FMT into a spiral with another mind-bending ice breaker.

Outside the office: Jana is probably sweating profusely while wrist deep in the earth, making up stories about the bugs that crawl across their knees, participating in mutual aid work, or dyeing their hair irresponsibly in their bathroom sink at 1 a.m.

kat elam

(they/she)

issue advocacy organizer

Inside the Office: You can find Kat passionately talking way too fast about plants and animals, languages and cultures, baking and crafting, the interconnectedness of just about everything, and basically anything else. They are very excited to be using their privilege to advocate with and build up underserved communities, and to help folks realize their power and use their voices.

Outside the Office: Kat likes to spend her time cuddling with her cat, two dogs, and wonderful partner, as well as crocheting, baking, reading queer fiction (and nonfiction – basically anything queer!), and taking nature walks – not the hikes where the goal is the top of a mountain, but the kind where you have to stop every few seconds to appreciate and learn about all the awesome nature things around you!

chloe Runs behind

(they/them)

issue advocacy organizer

Inside the office: Chloe is making and sipping soup, sitting on their desk like a little gremlin, and scheming up ways to remind people of the transformational power that we hold together.

Outside the office: Chloe loves meeting neighborhood cats, making music with their friends, and getting acquainted with the plant and fungi allies of Montana.

Greg lYNCH

(HE/HIM)

Development Coordinator

Inside the office: You can find Greg sprawled out on the ground connecting with Forward Montana’s amazing supporters with a cup of freshly brewed coffee by his side. 

Outside the office: You can find Greg looking for cool mountains to climb or enjoying a good Montana IPA as he sings off key to Billy Joel’s Piano Man.

Angie Hoang

(she/they)

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.