Sophie Moon is a junior at the University of Montana studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. Sophie's passion lies at the intersection between social and environmental justice and her commitment to creating positive change is unwavering. She is a strong and effective leader whose optimism is infectious. As Chair of the Board of Directors for the Montana Public Interest Research Group, Sophie transformed challenges into opportunities for growth, inspiring and energizing others to recommit to their causes. Additionally, Sophie works on a local farm through the Program for Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) where she mentors high school youth who are in the correctional system while growing food for the Missoula Food Bank. Sophie has a gift for persuasive public speaking and readily uses her voice to address important issues. She recently testified during the 2017 Montana legislative session, striving to increase access to sustainable energy solutions. Not only does Sophie consistently lead by example, she patiently works to bring out the very best in others, helping her peers develop their own leadership potential. Grounded, determined, and passionate, Sophie will undoubtedly continue to be effective in her pursuit of justice and positive social change.
As a student in political science and environmental studies, my interests lie in the intersection between the environment and justice. My concern for justice overarches everything that I do in the public sector as well, and my experiences have not only taught me how to see injustice in my community, but how to apply my skills and leadership abilities to make positive, tangible change. From my first year in MontPIRG on the Save the Smith River campaign where we defended a blue-ribbon trout stream from corporate exploitation, all of my paths have led me towards justice. Volunteering on urban, organic farms that provide sustainable food for low-income families has inspired me to continue my work in environmental advocacy in the agricultural sector. Engaging in local politics to elect more progressive women, expand the rights of voters and renters, and secure state funding for health care and higher education has taught me how important the law is, and how much I enjoy the process. My goal is to continue this fight for justice as a federal antitrust lawyer making the agricultural sector competitive through challenging the mergers and federal farm subsidies that have consolidated power and wealth in this industry.