“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


Eleanor Smith, Program Director

Eleanor (Ella) Smith was born in Helena, MT. As a Grandstreet Theatre kid, she developed a taste for the stage at a young age. Ella studied jazz performance and composition at the University of North Texas, where she began to get involved in activism and politics. Passionate about getting good folks elected and promoting progressive values in her home state, Ella moved back to Helena to work as an organizer with the Democratic Party and then with Northern Plains Resource Council. Since then, she has worked on numerous political campaigns and recently joined Montana Women Vote and the the Montana Human Rights Network as their Civic Engagement Director. In her free time, Ella plays piano and sings as often as she can, and loves to hike through Montana’s beautiful public lands. Ella@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. Kylie is thrilled to be on the Montana Women Vote team and back at home in Montana. (406) 317-1504 Kylie@MontanaWomenVote.org


Are you interested in an internship or practicum staff position with Montana Women Vote? We have those! Email Kylie at kylie@montanawomenvote.org for more information!