Chris comes to the Western Values Project following years of holding powerful special interests accountable throughout the American West, and beyond. He has engaged in investigative research-driven accountability efforts as the Communications Director of the Montana Democratic party and for the Service Employees International Union in Arizona and Colorado. In these positions he exposed how the relationships between elected officials and corporate special interests undermines the public interest.
He most recently served as the Communications Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, where he led major public outreach initiatives on natural resource development and conservation. Previously, he conducted research on and exposed human rights violations around the world and taught political science and social movements at Illinois State University.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Redlands and a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver. He lives with his wife and son in Montana’s Flathead Valley, where he explores the state’s vast public lands on skis, by foot, and in a boat in search of wild native trout.