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Ellen Simpson


Ellen SimpsonForestry Pioneer

A native Montanan, Ellen was born, raised and educated in Butte. A strong background in the development and use of natural resources came from her hard rock miner dad and Red Lodge farm raised mother. In 1981, Ellen started down the Montana State Legislature path as committee staff, first during the session and then with the Montana Environmental Quality Council for 14 years.  Ellen left the EQC to strike out on her own as an independent contractor working as a lobbyist and association executive for numerous clients.  Ellen spent 10 years as the Executive Vice President of the Montana Wood Products Association, a trade association of forest industry businesses.  She ended her career as a principal in Simpson & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in energy development and government affairs.  Ellen passed away March 23, 2012.






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