Jay Bodner took over the position of Natural Resource Director in 2002. Utilizing his strong agricultural background and education, he has developed and executed innovative campaigns for issues affecting the cattle industry. In June 2018, Jay was named the Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Jay works with local, state, and federal officials to achieve workable solutions concerning complex issues such as water quality regulations, wildlife management, and federal land issues. In addition, he extends his strong relational skills and advocacy for the cattle industry as a lobbyist for the association during Montana Legislative sessions.
Jay serves as the Executive Secretary for the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts. Working with a proactive board of directors, he was successful in helping establish a newly formed grazing district—the first to be established in the last 60 years. Jay also serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Montana Public Lands Council, representing ranchers who run livestock on a combination of private, state, and federal lands.
Jay grew up on a cow/calf operation in Raynesford, Mont. He attended the University of Montana and received a degree in Business Administration. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, as well as spending time with his wife, Donna, and his children, Anthony and Janae.
Jay also serves on a number of industry and civic groups including: Statewide TMDL Advisory Group; Nutrient Work Group; Western Environmental Trade Association; Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative; Warren Community Park Board; Lewis and Clark 4-H Foundation; and Treasure State Resources Association.