JILL FELDHUSEN

HOMETOWN: HELENA

NOMINATED BY: DERF JOHNSON 

Jill Feldhusen grew up in Idaho, first on a small farm and ranch and then in Sun Valley. At an early age she developed a passion for social justice and the protection of our natural world. She moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, and fell in love with Montana's incredible peaks, rivers, and people. After graduating from UM, she worked as a field organizer for the Montana Democrats, working to elect John Lewis and Amanda Curtis. After her stint in elections, she moved to Helena to work with Montana Audubon in advocating for habitat protection and access during the 2015 Montana Legislature. After the legislative session, she realized she wanted to continue in the field of conservation, and took a position with the Montana Wildlife Federation, as their climate change coordinator. Her work with MWF involves outreach to hunters and anglers on climate change and support for clean energy policies, such as the Clean Power Plan. In her free time, she can be found on the trails with her mountain bike, at one of her favorite breweries, or beating her friends at Settlers of Catan.