Ken Toole is a former Vice Chair of the Montana Public Service Commission and a founder of the Montana Human Rights Network and The Policy Institute. He served in the Montana Senate for six years. During his term in the Senate he served as Chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Tax and Senate Natural Resources committees. He has more than 25 years experience working on a broad range of energy issues for citizen groups in Montana.
Molly Severtson graduated from The University of Montana-Missoula with honors in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and political science. She worked for four years as the Tour Marketing Associate for Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), routing, booking and supporting the world's largest touring children's theatre program and representing MCT at national and international booking conferences around the country. Severtson then worked as a reporter and photographer for The Shelby Promoter, where her work earned her six Montana Better Newspaper Association awards in two years.
As a freelancer, Severtson developed search engine optimization content for Student Assistance Foundation, produced a quarterly e-newsletter for MCT and developed websites for various clients including Windmill Nursery, Interiors by Design and the Helena Chamber Singers. At The Policy Institute, Severtson's work has included producing whitepapers on tax expenditure bills in the 2009 Montana Legislature; the taxation of electrical transmission in Montana and the region; and analysis of Montana's oil and gas tax holiday. Severtson currently oversees the Leadership Seminar Series, a year-long training program for emerging progressive leaders in Montana.