Episode 29: Anne Hughes - Leadership Montana
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June 15, 2022
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July 27, 2022


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Episode 29: Anne Hughes

In this episode, Eric sits down with Anne Hughes, Chief Operating Officer at Missoula County and member of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors.  Anne talks about her experience with heartache and loss, her love of science fiction, why she chooses to invest deeply in Leadership Montana, and what great friendship looks like to her.  Anne even explains why she enjoys working on the Missoula County budget and why she feels a budget is a “values document.”

Eric Halverson co-host of listen first montana

Eric Halverson


Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.


Anne Hughes


Anne Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer for Missoula County. She has worked in federal and local government for 20 years and is committed to public service that reflects her values of growth, empathy, and humor. Anne was raised in Montana and is a proud Missoulian. She received her bachelor’s of fine arts in theatre at the University of Idaho and her masters in public administration from the University of Montana. She currently serves on the Leadership Montana Board of Governors and on the MPA Alumni Advisory Council for the MPA program at UM. She mentors MPA students, cheerleads her colleagues and friends, and strives to do good work with kindness. She is married to Ted Hughes, a skilled fine arts, gallery, and museum professional and metal head. She enjoys growing flowers almost as much as she loves giving them away, hiking in the hills around Missoula, and going on adventures across the Northwest with her husband, her exceptional mom Carole, and her two dogs, Noodle and Rosie.