Commissioner Heather O'Loughlin

Commissioner Heather O'Loughlin was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. In 2013, Heather moved to Helena with her husband, Neal, and their young daughter, Madeline. Heather currently serves as the co-director of the Montana Budget and Policy Center, a local non-profit focused on research and advancing public policy to help improve the lives of low- and middle-income families in Montana. Heather's work at the Montana Budget and Policy Center includes improving access to affordable health care, advancing fair and adequate tax and revenue policy, and highlighting the importance of state investments to help communities and families thrive. Heather serves on the board of directors for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide membership organization comprised of local shelters and victim advocates and focused on improving social justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Heather also serves on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Montana, a statewide organization devoted to improving access to affordable housing and homeownership for Montana families.

Heather's research and policy background includes seven years in Washington, D.C., serving as counsel, legislative director, and policy advisor to Senator Max Baucus. Heather worked in a variety of public policy areas, including affordable housing, education policy, judiciary issues, and banking and economic policy. Heather graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration-finance. Heather earned her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, Governor Schweitzer appointed Heather to serve as the student regent on the Montana Board of Regents, the governing body for the Montana University System.