Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

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.

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.

Brittany Palmer

Community Land Trust Program Manager & Community Organizer

Brittany joined the NMCDC in 2020 as the Community Land Trust Program Manager after many years of working in local food & agriculture. In her role with the NMCDC, Brittany stewards community land trust homes and builds relationships and community among homeowners. 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 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 Board Treasurer for MUD. Brittany is dedicated to listening to and learning from neighbors to help work towards a shared vision of Missoula.

Sam Duncan

Community Organizer

Sam joined the NMCDC in 2019 as a full-time Community Organizer. A Northside resident themself, Sam works with neighbors in the Northside and Westside neighborhoods to build power amongst community members and to mentor everyday people as they develop leadership and community organizing skills. Sam supports leaders of the Northside-Westside CREW (Community Rising for Equity and Well-being), the Northside and Westside’s neighbor-led community organization, as they strengthen their institution and act to affect structural change that improves equity and health for all neighbors, particularly those who are systematically disadvantaged and oppressed by dominant legal and social structures and systems. In their work in the Northside and Westside, Sam applies the Industrial Areas Foundation organizing methodology and works alongside other organizers within Common Good Missoula and the international IAF Northwest cohort of community organizers.

Sam got involved with activism and organizing work when they moved to Missoula in 2011, primarily working on water protection, racial justice, housing equity, and Queer issues. In 2018, Sam co-founded Queers4Queers, a queer-led organization that endeavored to create more and safer spaces for Queer Missoulians. Sam worked at many beloved Missoula institutions before joining the NMCDC, including the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, the Missoula Community Food Co-op, and the YWCA of Missoula, as well as served on the Board of Directors at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center from 2019-2021.

Seasonal Staff

Reed Ford (they/them) – Kids Club Mentor
Adam Miller (he/him) – Missoula Outdoor Cinema Projectionist
Lauren Orozco (she/her) – Missoula Outdoor Cinema Coordinator
Jack Rowan (he/him) – Missoula Outdoor Cinema Projectionist
Nat Stockmann (they/them) – Kids Club Mentor
Evan Troost (they/them) – Kids Club Program Coordinator
Heidi West (she/her) – Project Westside Park Coordinator

Are you interested in joining our staff?