Nancy Keenan, a veteran of Montana and national politics for more than three decades, has been the Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party since 2015. Born in Anaconda, Nancy worked in the town smelter to pay her way through Montana State University Billings, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education and special education. She taught children with special needs in Billings and Anaconda before becoming active in politics, which led her to serve four terms as a state legislator from Anaconda and three terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2000 she ran a strong campaign for Montana's at-large Congressional seat. Following her time as an elected official, Nancy worked as the education policy director for People For the American Way, an organization dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American from equality to freedom of speech to freedom or religion. In 2004, she became President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she helped produce huge gains for pro-choice elected officials in Congress. In 2013, she returned to Montana and stayed active as an advisor to Democratic candidates before starting as Executive Director.
Trent Bolger has been the main money and compliance guy for the Montana Democratic Party since the Spring of 2008. He has ensured that over 30 million dollars were properly processed, reported and were used in the most efficient manner possible. Trent holds the honor of being the longest continually serving staff member of the Montana Democratic Party. He holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Political Science from Carroll College. Additionally, he holds a Associates degree in Human Communications from Casper College. He has been a member of the regionally dominate Carroll College Talking Saints Debate team, as well as the Vice President of the Casper College Debate team. In 2004, Trent placed 4th at the International Forensics Association Debate Tournament in Madrid, Spain. Has qualified and competed at national colligate debate tournaments and was awarded the Gene Hull Fellowship Award due to his strong relationships with other debate competitors. He was President of the Casper College Democrats, and worked two Congressional races as a Regional Field Director in Wyoming before moving to Montana to finish his Bachelor’s degree. In what free time he has he enjoys spending it with his wife and small daughter.
Amanda Frickle is originally from Billings and has worked with the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (MDLCC) since 2014 when she was a field organizer for four legislative candidates. Amanda attended college in Idaho where she majored in Political Economics and History and went on to earn her Masters in Women's Studies. As the Director of MDLCC, Amanda works to recruit, train and elect more Democrats to the Montana State Legislature. MDLCC is the only program in the state whose sole purpose is to elect Democrats to the Montana Legislature by providing professional candidate services to candidates and putting boots on the ground to help them win.
Allison Dale-Riddle has worked on campaigns across the country, providing research and data services for candidates at the congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential level. She completed a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and is happy to be back living in her hometown of Helena. As the MDP Data Director, she works with local and statewide candidates to help them use their resources most efficiently to persuade and mobilize voters with best-practices campaign tactics.
Justin Ailport grew up in Drummond and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with his degree in Sociology. During his time in Bozeman he helped get Zach Brown elected into the state house. After graduation, he came to work at the Montana Democratic Party as the Gail Stoltz Fellow eventually becoming the Development Director.
Program Coordinator for the Blue Bench Project
Nick Lockridge was born and raised in Missoula, where he graduated from Hellgate High and the University of Montana (twice). He used his undergraduate degree from the Journalism School during a 13-year career as a sportswriter at the Missoulian, covering everything from Little League tournaments to the Winter X Games in Aspen. Nick returned to UM to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2014, after which he immediately entered the arena of campaign life as a field organizer with MDLCC. Nick worked at the Legislature in 2015, and with Planned Parenthood of Montana after that, before re-joining the Montana Democratic Party in 2017 to spearhead the Special Nominating Convention. He coordinates the Blue Bench program, which aims to build our party by supporting candidates for local-level positions across the Treasure State. Nick enjoys hunting & fishing, tinkering around the house, and puppy-parenting the shelter dog his fiance and he adopted this winter.
Roy Loewenstein is the Communications Director for the Montana Democratic Party, working to develop the Party's message for the 2018 midterm elections from statewide races to municipal elections. Roy previously worked as Press Secretary for Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey and started his political career as a field organizer for the Nevada Democratic Party in 2014. He earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Tufts University.
MDLCC Candidate Services Coordinator/Deputy Finance Director
Cassidy Cook is the Candidate Services Coordinator and Deputy Finance Director for the Montana Democratic Party. Cassidy grew up in Bozeman, MT and then attended college and Lewis & Clark in Portland, OR where she earned a degree in American History. Cassidy is excited to join the team as the Candidate Service Coordinator. She is the contact for the extensive resources the MDLCC provides to all Democratic legislative candidates. If you need any assistance at all in your race to win back democratic majorities in the legislature, Cassidy is here to help!