Mansfield Center Advisory Board

David BellDavid Bell, Board Chair

President and CEO, ALPS Corporation

Terry WeidnerDr. Terry Weidner, Board Vice-Chair

Professor Emeritus, Political Science; Former Mansfield Center Executive Director


Jon BennionJon Bennion

Government Relations Director, The Washington Companies

Mary ByronMary Byron

Owner, Cloud Nine Quilts; Liaison, Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors

m-georgiouMaritsa Georgiou

National Correspondent, Newsy

Paul LaurenDr. Paul Lauren

Regents Professor Emeritus; Founding Director, Mansfield Center

Tom LopachTom Lopach

President and CEO, Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information

Liz MarchiLiz Marchi

Founder, Frontier Angel Fund and Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital

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Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University

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Former Governer of the State of Montana


Joanna R. Shelton

UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dana Toole

Dana Toole

Special Services Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Justice

Kimberlee Visser

Kimberlee Visser

Designer, Community Advocate, Business Advisor

Bryce Ward

Bryce Ward

Founder of ABMJ Consutling, Research Associate at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana

Mansfield Fellows

Robert Brown

Senior Fellow, Politics & Public Affairs


Personal Summary

Bob had a long career in public office and public education.  He served 26 years in the Montana legislature, ending as President of the MT Senate. He was elected Montana Secretary of State serving from 2000-2004. Bob was President of the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees and a member of Montana’s Board of Public Education.

From 1996-2002 Bob was an advisor for the US Agency for International Development/International Republican Institute and conducted workshops in Angola, Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Russia. He was a UM exchange instructor at Nankai University, Tianjin, China.

As a senior fellow at both the UM Mansfield Center and the Center for the Rocky Mountain West, Bob initiated the Montana Oral History Project (archived in the UM Mansfield Library) conducting interviews of more than 80 influential Montana political figures.


Master of Education, University of Montana, Missoula, 1988.

Bachelor of Arts, Government, Montana State University, Bozeman, 1974.

Bachelor of Arts, History, Montana State University, Bozeman, 1970.