Rose Bender, Deputy Director of Research

Rose Bender, Deputy Director of Research
Rose joined MBPC as Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst in 2018. As Deputy Director of Research, she now oversees the development of MBPC’s research agenda,  coordinating MBPC’s research team in our work to advance responsible tax, budget, and economic policies to promote opportunity and fairness for all Montanans. She came from the Montana Department of Revenue where she worked as an economist/tax policy analyst, estimating impacts to state revenues and researching policy issues. She comes to MBPC to positively impact Montana's budget and tax policies, making our state a better place to live and work. Previously, she worked as a community organizer in eastern Montana for Northern Plains Resource Council and as an economist for Ecosystem Research Group. She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Montana. Rose grew up in Billings.  She lives in Helena with her husband and two daughters.

Adrienne Bombelles, Policy Analyst

Adrienne Bombelles, Policy Analyst
As a member of the research and policy team, Adrienne’s work focuses on policies that impact child health, access to affordable housing, and economic mobility for working families. Her research helps MBPC to shape the conversation around budget and social policy priorities in Montana and empower Montanans to participate in policy-making decisions. Adrienne’s professional background is rooted in working with community-based organizations and contributing analysis that advances direct impact and public policy goals. Originally from D.C., she moved to Montana as an AmeriCorps service member and served in a range of positions supporting conservation, college access, and early education. She recently earned a master's of social work from the University of Michigan, concentrating in social welfare policy, nonprofit program evaluation, and organizational development. E-mail Adrienne Bombelles

Xanna Burg, KIDS COUNT Coordinator

Xanna Burg, KIDS COUNT Coordinator
Xanna Burg serves as the KIDS COUNT Coordinator for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. She has a background in public health and experience working across a variety of sectors to improve the health of children. She started her career implementing nutrition education programs in communities before pursuing a graduate degree in epidemiology and transitioning to research and evaluation work. Before joining MBPC, Xanna worked as a Data Analyst for the Colorado WIC program where she used administrative data to evaluate the impact of WIC for Colorado families. Xanna has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Xanna loves working with data and is excited to share that passion to improve the lives of children in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Email Xanna Burg

Erica Donohue, Digital Communications and Design Manager

Erica Donohue, Digital Communications and Design Manager
Erica Donohue joined the MBPC team in 2019. Her role as the Digital Communications and Design Manager is focused on expanding the awareness of MBPC’s mission beyond the legislative halls of Helena and into the communities we serve. She comes from the Parenting Place, a community-based, non-profit organization preventing of child abuse and neglect through strengthening families where she worked as the Office Manager. In previous roles, she worked extensively in social media development for several non-profit and for-profit companies throughout the Northwest. Erica has a degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California, where she grew up. She has lived in Montana since 2014 with her husband and child. Email Erica Donohue

Hannah Fisher, Office Manager

Hannah Fisher, Office Manager
Hannah oversees the bookkeeping, office operations, and procedures. She plays a key role in drafting and administering the MPBC organizational budget. Hannah’s nonprofit experience stems from years as executive director of The Clay Studio of Missoula, an organization that provides affordable studio work facilities, information, resources, and development opportunities for working and aspiring clay artists. She holds a bachelor of arts with an emphasis on Ceramic Art from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, Oregon. She utilizes her artistic talents by producing and designing much of MBPC’s graphics visuals. Hannah is originally from western New York and now lives in Helena with her partner and their two kids. Email Hannah Fisher

Tara Jensen, Co-Director, Public Affairs and Operations

Tara Jensen, Co-Director, Public Affairs and Operations
As a co-director of MBPC, Tara helps guide the organization to ensure its position as a leading voice shaping the debate around budget priorities. She works with the media, foundations, policy makers, and advocates build the reputation of MBPC as a respected source of information and analysis on state budget and fiscal issues. For more than fifteen years, Tara has worked in state government and for a number of nonprofit organizations in Montana including the University of Montana Foundation and as the executive director for CASA of Missoula. She also served as the communications director for the Montana Office of Public Instruction and as the deputy chief clerk at the Montana House of Representatives. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana. Tara was born in Havre, raised in Conrad, and works primarily out of Missoula. Email Tara Jensen

Heather O’Loughlin, Co-Director, Research and Development

Heather O’Loughlin, Co-Director, Research and Development
Heather leads MBPC’s research and policy analysis, helping to produce credible research on the impact of tax and budget policies on the lives of Montana families. Prior to coming on board with MBPC, Heather served as the legislative director and counsel for Senator Max Baucus, managing the Senator’s legislative team. Previously, she served as legislative assistant to Senator Baucus, handling a broad policy portfolio including education, judiciary, banking and economic issues. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law, and bachelor’s degree in business-finance and economics from the University of Montana. Heather is originally from Great Falls and now lives in Helena with her husband and daughter. Email Heather O'Loughlin

Preston Parish, Deputy Director, Equity Policy and Programs

Preston Parish, Deputy Director, Equity Policy and Programs
As Deputy Director, Preston (he/him/his) spearheads MBPC’s efforts to advance equity and inclusion across all facets of the organization’s work. He also leads MBPC’s State-Tribal Policy research and outreach, where he focuses on the impacts on Indian Country of state policies and budget decisions. In all areas of his work, Preston centers racial equity, tribal sovereignty, and economic justice. Prior to joining MBPC, Preston worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on a variety of issues, including environmental justice, health equity, and LGBTQ+ rights. Originally from Michigan, Preston is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community and grew up on the Bay Mills Indian Reservation. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, both from the University of Michigan. Email Preston Parish

Jackie Semmens, Research Fellow

Jackie Semmens, Research Fellow
Jackie’s public policy research experience has focused on food insecurity, early childhood education, and access to health care. She moved to Montana after serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and earned her master's degree in Medical Anthropology and Public Health from the University of Montana. She received her undergraduate education in Virginia, where she is originally from, at the College of William and Mary. Jackie is also a freelance writer and enjoys hiking the hills around Helena with her husband, two young sons, and daughter. Email Jackie Semmens
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MBPC is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families.