Melinda Reed


Commissioner Melinda Reed

Commissioner Reed's work for the City continues a career of public service in Helena and around the world.

She holds two jobs in addition to City Commissioner. At the state Department of Health and Human Services, she focuses on ways to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses. She is also the executive director for a nonprofit organization in the Netherlands that works to end impunity for conflict related sexual violence. She is the mother to the 9-year-old boy who managed her campaign.

Reed recently served on the board of directors for the YWCA of Helena, a local organization devoted to providing transitional housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children. Her interest in the City Commission stems from her stint as Helena's Interim City Manager in 2020. Tapped by the Commission to guide the city during the search for a permanent city manager, she also navigated the first few months of the pandemic. Prior to those endeavors, Reed was executive director of the Friendship Center, a local domestic and sexual violence shelter.

Born in New York City and raised overseas as the daughter of a diplomat, Reed graduated from Trinity College with a bachelor's degree in public policy and law. She also holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Before moving to Helena in 2013, Reed lived and worked around the world as an international humanitarian aid worker responding to conflicts and natural disasters including in Iraq, Rwanda, Haiti, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and Pakistan.