Zach Brown's Story

Zach Brown was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, where he grew up working for his family’s small, main street business from a young age. His parents, Jim and Lynda Brown, still own Old Main Gallery and Framing after nearly 30 years in Downtown Bozeman. Zach attended Bozeman High School where he lettered in basketball and football, excelled in his classes, and eventually graduated as a class valedictorian. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Montana. He finished with High Honors, was named “Outstanding Senior”, and was asked to speak at his commencement ceremony.

Zach is an avid hunter and fly-fisherman, and because of his passion for conservation he is pursuing a career focused on western water policy. After graduating from college, he spent several months working in Washington, DC as a Truman Albright Fellow. Living and working in Washington for only a short time, Zach wore many hats: he worked on trade policy for the U.S. Trade Representative, led a research project on U.S. immigration policy for the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, and served as an Associate for MT Senator Max Baucus.

He now works full-time as a Program Manager for One Montana (onemt.org), in addition to serving in the Montana House of Representatives. Zach's committee assignments are Taxation, Natural Resources, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the Water Policy Interim Committee. In 2016 Governor Bullock appointed him to the Private Lands Public Wildlife Council.

Zach is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholar, and a 2013 Newman Civic Fellows award winner.