Kate Olp returned to Billings after a fantastic, Montana education and extensive world travels. Montana’s remarkable land and people draws a person in, calls them home, and demands respect and responsibility. She’s answered that call as a member of the local board of MCV’s Yellowstone Chapter.
After graduating from the University of Montana in Missoula in 2010 with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science, Kate spent almost year in Denmark and Greece studying humanitarian efforts and working as an institutional liaison. She later returned to Billings, becoming involved with MCV as well as the Montana Abolition Coalition.
Kate says that environmental issues have always interested her; she is most passionate about the need to preserve the Montana landscape for generations to come. Referring to the importance of MCV, Kate enthusiastically acknowledges how the Montana government is unique because of its realistic representation of Montanans. In Kate’s own words, “voting matters,” and MCV gives voters the tools they need to elect candidates who promote conservation.
For Kate, conservation is a family affair. Her brother Kevin interned for Montana Conservation Voters, working as a legislative assistant. Unsurprisingly, her favorite place in the Treasure State is Nie, MT, where her family owns a cabin.
Kate spends much of her free time reading the works of her favorite Montana authors: Ivan Doig, Norman McLean, and Jim Harrison. Kate remarks, “The way they [the authors] write about relationships between people and places in Montana has always spoken to me.” Feeling a strong tie to Montana, Kate’s own roots are sunk deeply into the soil of Big Sky country as a vibrant member of the Billings community.