The MontPIRG Board of Directors
The MontPIRG Board of Directors meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month during the Spring 2018 semester in the University Center on the UM Campus. Check the posted meeting displays for specific room. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Sophie Moon - Chair
As a student of both environmental studies and political science, I know the difference that effective activism can make in our communities and our state. For over two years, MontPIRG has given me the chance to impact my community on issues that resonate with myself, and my fellow students, such as sustainability, voter participation, and so much more. After serving on the MontPIRG board, I have been able to further expand my opportunities for activism and make an even greater impact on the campus community. I am so grateful to continue to represent students on the MontPIRG board and assist MontPIRG in its mission to create positive, tangible change.
Jadyn Emerson - Vice Chair
I am a freshman majoring in Creative Writing. When I'm not writing and hiding from the world, I enjoy helping students stay informed about important issues such as renter and voting rights. I was previously an intern here at MontPIRG and am excited to go forward with this awesome organization to make a difference in the life of Montanans.
Drew Ruchti - Secretary
I am an activist from Pocatello, Idaho who is taking a break from working on campaigns to get his degree in American Political Science. I like the constitution, people who get involved with the issues that they care about, and voting.
Katy Westhoff - Treasurer
I have been a part of MontPIRG since 2014, as a paid canvasser, campus organizer, and student lobbyist in the 2017 legislative session. Now I work with MontPIRG's finances as the treasurer. I will graduate in May with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Social Justice. I'm most passionate about voting rights, protecting our civil liberties, ensuring a clean and healthful environment, and generally making the world a more equitable place. Luckily, MontPIRG has provided me a space to do all of these things!!
I enjoy serving a greater purpose to facilitate positive, tangible change in the state of Montana. MontPIRG has given me a platform to pursue my passion of conservation and sustainability, while simultaneously being active in our state government and elections.
I have been a MontPIRG Intern for the Spring 2017 term and like the work that they do, and the way they connect the students to what is happening at the University, in the Community, and with the Legislature and its preceding. I recognize that they are advocates for bi-partisan issues and empowering today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders.
After working as a canvasser and field organizer in Montana and Texas I left political campaign work because I was burned out, although I have always retained my respect and admiration for those who continued to carry out the essential work that is the focus of grassroots engagement. I am now seeking to re-engage and return to working with interested students and citizens who want to develop the skills that will help them advocate for the causes they find worthwhile. As a former organizer and a first-year graduate student in the Environmental Philosophy program, I hope to offer a perspective that combines practical experience with a fresh set of eyes to the issues MontPIRG plans to address. Generally, I would like to see MontPIRG members address would be to continue advocating for environmental protections and linking those issues with matters that directly impact students. These would include continuing to press for sustainability initiatives on campus and increasing legislative and popular support opposing both general and targeted cuts to the university system's budget. Supporting sustainability initiatives and opposing budget cuts offer opportunities to improve student welfare and increase student engagement with the campus community.
I am a sophomore at the University of Montana studying Sociology with a focus in Criminology. I was born and raised in Montana and I have worked on numerous campaigns in the past. I got involved with MontPIRG this year to get more involved with my community and university by helping create tangible change. It has been a wonderful experience so far working with such passionate people and watching this organization empower others to support Montana values.
Ben Stone - Leadership Development & Outreach Committee Chair
I am a Junior studying Political Science at the University of Montana. I am delighted to say that this will be my first year serving on the MontPIRG Board of Directors. I have lived in Montana for most of my life and have developed a deep respect for the preservation of our state’s natural environment, as well as an interest in ensuring proper access to voting and consumer rights for my fellow Montanans.
Kelen Kaiser - Fundraising Committee Chair
This company man has risen through the ranks to sit upon the Board from the distant past of Fall, 2017 when he joined MontPIRG as an intern. A Senior Economics major that is deeply passionate about nonpartisan issues that all Montanans support like public lands, public education, and free-fair-open elections. From unionizing his high school percussion section to constitutional reforms in student government. Is there anything else I should put here?