The MontPIRG Board of Directors
The MontPIRG Board of Directors meets monthly in the University Center on the UM Campus . Check the posted meeting displays for specific room. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Jadyn Emerson - Chair
I'm currently a senior in the English department on campus. I've had the amazing opportunity to work with MontPIRG for two years now both as an intern and a board member. I've loved getting to see how influential this organization can be especially with campaigns like the six mill levy. I hope to go to graduate school in Germany next year, and I'm so grateful for the opportunities I've had with this organization.
Kelly Armington - Vice Chair
I've worked with MontPIRG as an intern for my entire freshmen year and feel as though I'm making tangible positive change by ensuring student voices are heard in the government. I'm excited to continue this work as a board member for MontPIRG.
Shane Lutz - Secretary
I'm a grad student in the School of Theatre & Dance studying directing and I am incredibly excited to be working with MontPIRG to engage the community and make a difference for all of us! When I'm not locked in PARTV rehearsing, I love getting off campus, seeing Missoula, and exploring the stunning prairie and mountains surrounding us. You'll find me spending every spare moment chasing after bison herds and monologuing about my love for the buffalo.
Brenna Swinger - Treasurer
I am a senior at the University of Montana studying political science and economics. After I did an internship with MontPIRG during the summer of 2018, I was inspired to continue with the organization as a member of their board of directors. My time with MontPIRG has given me the opportunity to learn more about Montana politics, advance my community outreach and communication skills, and pursue leadership opportunities in the executive committee of the board. I am excited to continue supporting MontPIRG in their mission to empower the next generation of civic leaders and make a tangible, positive change for our state.
For me MontPIRG is a great way to take part in and learn from the Montana community. I value the experiences and the people that I’ve met while working with MontPIRG and appreciate how these campaigns have involved me in the wider dialogue within our community. This communication, the listening and sharing, is a key ingredient for a healthy society. I’m excited be working with MontPIRG as a member of the Student Board and look forward to the accomplishments and the relationships ahead of us.
As a former MontPIRG intern and later staff member, I am excited to be back in Montana, once again serving the students of the University of Montana. I am a graduate student in Communication Studies and love to bring a service-oriented perspective to both my teaching and research. I am fascinated by social movements, politics, law, and non-profit organizations, which naturally have become the focus of my studies. MontPIRG continues to provide students opportunities to shape our communities for the better and to advocate in the interest of young people in our state, and I am honored to support such an impactful organization. I look forward to serving the students of UM!
I am a senior at U of M pursuing degrees in philosophy and Spanish. After interning for MontPIRG during the spring of 2019, I was amazed by the organization’s ability to strategically tackle complex issues and evoke awareness in regard to the happenings within the legislature. Above all else, I found new value in community engagement. While working with MontPIRG, I have gained the skills to effectively communicate with a wide array of people on issues that affect our lives. The future of our state depends on our ability to connect with and understand one another. When Montanans come together and discuss important issues, we are a force to be reckoned with. As a member of the board of directors, I look forward to empowering students to raise their voice, defend their rights, and engage in genuine discourse within their community.
I loved the work I did with MontPIRG during the spring semester, and I am excited to remain a part of this amazing organization!!
I am a sophomore at the University of Montana studying creative writing with a focus on fiction and media arts. I took an interest in MontPIRG when I saw what hard work they were doing to encourage people to vote with the last local election. I am excited to work on the board and make a difference in the number of people on campus that engage in the community. I am also excited to show people they have a voice and can cause changes.