Ellie Boldman Hill
Ellie Hill is a second-term representative (D) in the Montana state legislature, and has been named one of Time magazine's "40 under 40 Political Rising Stars" in the nation. Upon earning a juris doctor degree from the University of Idaho College of Law, she practiced as deputy prosecutor in Boise and for the Nez Perce tribe on their northern Idaho reservation. After moving to Montana, she served as executive director of one of western Montana's best-known nonprofit organizations, advocating for the homeless and impoverished.
Interviewed frequently in the media, Hill has been a speaker for the Aspen Institute on "Information Needs for the Poor." She was selected as a fellow in the prestigious Montana Policy Institute, and Democracy for America chose her as a Netroots Nation scholar, where she has since been a panelist. She serves as the co-chair of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Caucus and was the recipient of the 2013 Hero Award from the Montana Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for her legislative advocacy. Since living in Missoula, Hill has been voted by readers of the Missoula Independent newspaper as "Missoula's Best Activist" for seven straight years (2007-13). She visited the White House with the Young Elected Officials Network, and recently returned from the Middle East with a bipartisan delegation representing the American Council of Young Political Leaders. The Washington Post has named her one of the nation's "Best Political Tweeters."
Hill lives in the university district in downtown Missoula, with her two stepsons, Elliot and Evan, husband, Tyler Smith, and their newborn baby, Jackson. Together they strive to make fighting for the underdog cool.