Patricia Dowd is the Associate Natural Resource Policy Advisor to Governor Bullock. She works with constituents, state and federal agencies and stakeholders on some of Montana’s most important natural resource issues. She advises the governor on bison, fish, wildlife and river management; supports the Governor while he serves as Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association and is staffing his initiative to create Montana’s Office of Outdoor Recreation.
In June 2016, Governor Bullock outlined his public land, public access and outdoor recreation priorities. In an effort to recognize, bolster and increase Montana’s outdoor recreation economy–an economy that generates $6 billion and supports 64,000 jobs annually–the Governor will ask the 2017 Legislature to create the Office of Outdoor Recreation. Patricia is working with outdoor industry leaders, gear manufacturers, recreationists and business owners to gain input and support for legislation that will create the office.
Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Patricia worked in the non-profit sector. She is a leader in public land, water, wildlife, clean energy and travel management issues. She has a proven track record of bringing diverse interests together to solve problems, pass legislation and create policies that improve our communities, our quality of life, our public lands and water in the West. Her eclectic background, creativity and solution-based approach to conservation contributes to her effectiveness and success.
Patricia has spent more than half of her life living in and exploring Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. When not in the office, she can be found on her bicycle–riding trails and dirt roads–hiking, camping and meandering around in the backcountry or on her yoga mat getting grounded and ready for her next adventure.
Patricia will be speaking on the panel ‘State Offices of Outdoor Rec‘ on Friday, October 14, at 3:30 PM as part of the SHIFT Summit.
Tickets for the 2016 SHIFT Festival can be purchased here.