“MWV’s mission is important to me because I believe we can create a just and equitable society for all people – and the work we do at MWV is an important part of that vision.  I believe that low-income women can and must have full participation in decisions that affect their lives.” – Sarah Howell

sarahSarah Howell, Executive Director

Over the last few years, Sarah has worked on a successful campaign to pass Medicaid expansion, managed two cycles of civic engagement with low-income women, and served on a ballot initiative campaign committees on several diverse issues. Before coming to MWV, she worked as a field organizer at the Western States Center, a regional social justice non-profit, in Portland. While not working, Sarah brings her community organizer skills to outdoor recreation, enjoying a stiff drink, and parenthood. (406) 317-1505, Sarah@MontanaWomenVote.Org


12274288_10153142664102115_3335130595571128875_nMicah Nielsen, Program Director

Micah Nielsen is the Program Director at Montana Women Vote. Micah has managed the organizing arm of MWV’s field work for the past two cycles, including a ballot initiative, voter registration campaigns, GOTV work, and story collection work, in addition to legislative organizing for Medicaid Expansion, pre-k education, fair tax policy, and paid leave. Micah also plans our annual conference, the Women’s Policy Leadership Institute. Micah is from the Magic City of Billings and studied Public Administration at the University of Montana. Micah serves on the board for the Bike-Walk Alliance of Missoula (BWAM), the Missoula City Board of Adjustment, Social Justice Fund-Northwest, and on the Advocacy and Education committee for the Missoula Food Bank. When Micah isn’t hanging out with her partner and pooch, you’ll find her wading through rivers or powder, watching football, and tinkering around in her garage.(406) 317-1504, Micah@MontanaWomenVote.Org

12184082_10100106637309964_984858978266764061_oJules Shindel, Organizing Director

Jules is incredibly excited to join the unstoppable team of Montana Women Vote and the Montana Human Rights Network. After studying Anthropology and English, Jules gained over 10 years experience as an organizer both in the United States and abroad with a variety of grassroots organizations and movements, including farmworker justice, labor and unionization, anti-sweatshop campaigns, and most recently Planned Parenthood of Montana. Jules currently sits on the board of the Great Falls YWCA, the founding committee of the Great Falls LGBTQ Center, and the Leadership Action Team of the Pride Foundation. Jules believes that Glacier Park is the most beautiful place in the world, that bios are the worst things to write, and that Jack absolutely could have found space on that damn piece of wood. Jules@MontanaWomenVote.org

Kylie Gursky, Development Director

Originally from Polson, MT, Kylie has worked in fundriasing, philanthropy, and community organizing for the past ten years. Most recently, she was the Development Director of Social Justice Fund NW in Seattle, organizing donors to support community organizing across the Northwest. Kylie began her work with Montana Women Vote during the summer of 2016 as the Helena Community Coordinator and became the Development Director that winter. She serves as Development Director for both Montana Women Vote and Montana Human Rights Network. Kylie is thrilled to be joining the Montana Women Vote staff and is excited to return to her home turf of Montana.. Kylie@MontanaWomenVote.org

 

Are you interested in an internship or practicum staff position with Montana Women Vote? We have those! Email Micah at micah@montanawomenvote.org for more information!
(406) 317-1504
micah@montanawomenvote.org