The grand mountains and icy glacial lakes of Northwestern Montana lit a spark in Molly Bell at an early age. Tagging along on hikes through the wilderness with her father, Jack Bell of Whitefish, the Ohio- native learned first hand the importance of protecting the wild places of Montana.
Her mother a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, Molly’s parents always hoped to someday make the move to Big Sky Country. Finally, when Molly was 14, the Ohio family left Cleveland behind and headed west. They settled in Billings where Molly completed high school at West High before setting her sights on Furman University in South Carolina. After finishing with degrees in political science and public policy, the hardworking and focused graduate crossed the ocean to study in London, earning a Masters Degree in Philosophy. But after five years in the East and abroad, Molly could no longer ignore the call to return to Montana. Molly currently lives in Billings where she is employed at the political consulting firm, Hilltop Public Solutions. She has been a member of MCV for more than a year, and recently was appointed to the Yellowstone Chapter Board.
Molly’s cheerful personality and easy-going attitude make her a welcome addition to the Chapter board and many other organizations in Billings. This Masters Degree graduate knows you’re never too old to enjoy a Disney movie- in fact, Molly explains that one of her favorite advocates for conservation is none other than WALL-E, the animated robot from Walt Disney’s futuristic movie. Laughs aside, Molly notes the dangerous “slippery slope” of consumerism that the movie depicts. In addition to her position on the MCV Chapter board, Molly is on the board of Forward Montana, Big Sky Democrats, and is a member of the Rotary Club and Billings Jaycees.
When life in Billings gets too messy, Molly visits her parents in Whitefish, catching up on life and reminding herself what it was she learned to love about Montana as a fourteen year-old. Remembering the rugged peaks and lakes that ignited a spark in her as a youth, the since grown-up Molly reminds us that “Montana is truly the last best place and we need to keep it that way.”