Our small but mighty NMCDC staff is committed to fulfilling our mission of building community strength through partnerships devoted to neighborhood revitalization. Our staff contributes to the creation and maintenance of our programs and events, actively fundraises for our causes, and manages the daily needs of the NMCDC. We are grateful for their dedication to the community members they serve.

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Bob Oaks, Executive Director

Bob was the founding president of the Northside Neighborhood Association in 1992, a founder of the North Missoula Housing Partnership in 1996, and the designer and coordinator of St. Patrick Hospital’s Healthy Neighborhood Project from 1996 to 1999.  He was the founding president of the NMCDC in 1996 and its E.D. since 1999.  He has been involved in all the organization’s projects and programs since it began.

Bob is dedicated to bringing resources to the NMCDC’s service area in order to help improve the quality of life of its residents.  For this work, the NMCDC was awarded an inaugural “Great Strides Award” from the Northwest Area Foundation in 2005.  The organization also currently works with NeighborWorks Montana to establish “Trust Montana,” a statewide Community Land Trust for responsible land stewardship.  Bob authored the feasibility study for Trust Montana in 2010 and serves on its board of directors. Email Bob.

Brittany Palmer, LSP Program Coordinator/Community Organizer

Brittany joined the NMCDC in 2020 as the Land Stewardship Program Coordinator after many years of working in local food. Originally from southern Ohio, and after spending time in Nevada and California, Brittany came to Missoula in 2016 to complete an MS degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, where she researched and wrote about settler colonialism at the National Bison Range. During that time, she also assistant-taught at the PEAS farm, was a graduate assistant for the YSEALI program, lived at the UM FLAT, and worked for the Western MT Growers Co-op and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. In addition to her new role at the NMCDC, Brittany teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Environmental Studies and Global Leadership Initiative departments at UM, is a precinct committee person for Library 91, and is the vice president of the Board of Directors for MUD. Brittany is excited to listen and learn from neighbors to help work towards a shared vision of Missoula. Email Brittany.

Heidi West, Project Westside Park Coordinator 

Heidi West moved into Missoula’s Northside neighborhood in 2009 after a long drive from Stillwater, Oklahoma with her 14 month old daughter in tow, to join up with her husband Adam who had moved up earlier that year for an AmeriCorp VISTA position.   What was supposed to be a short term stay turned into home.  She has been working at the NMCDC since 2015, first serving as Community Organizer then as LSP Program Coordinator and now as Project Westside Park Coordinator. When not at the office, or attending meetings related to her position on the Missoula City Council, she is focusing on raising food and family or turning pots at the Clay Studio of Missoula.   She can be found promoting all things North and Westside and is committed to keeping Missoula a healthy, accessible and affordable place to live for all people.  Heidi has BAs in Political Science and Studio Art with minors in German and Horticulture as well as a MS in Plant and Soil Science, all from Oklahoma State University. Email  Heidi about Project Westside Park.

Sam Duncan, Community Organizer

Sam joined the NMCDC in 2019, and they are excited to organize with neighbors from the Northside and Westside. The aim is to invite people to the table who aren’t often asked about their experiences but are greatly affected by changes in policy and development. The NMCDC is building a  network of trusting relationships and really getting to know what pressures people are experiencing – underemployment, low wages, housing insecurity, gentrification, childcare, and so on. More than just talking about it, we’re building a powerful group of people who will take action to defend and improve health outcomes for everyone in our area. This is what citizen-initiated organizing looks like! Through this broad-based organizing model, we’re going to build power where it belongs: with the people. . Email Sam.