Doug Mitchell, Deputy Director
Doug Mitchell was selected to serve as the Deputy Director of the Montana Department of Commerce in 2013. Doug brings with him to the Department a breadth of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He served as Montana's Chief Deputy Secretary of State of seven years, and in both Houses of Congress, including four years as Montana Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Max Baucus, now the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. For more than a decade, Doug owned and operated his own communications firm, The Mitchell Group. He comes to the Department after five years as a Managing Director of the Montana Land Reliance, where he did private land conservation, helping landowners protect some of Montana's most spectacular places.
Sean Becker, Administrator, Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Sean Becker is the Administrator of the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development. He is the former mayor of Bozeman, ex-officio president of the Rocky Mountain Economic Development District, former member of Governor Bullock's Economic Development Advisory Council, the City of Bozeman Economic Development Advisory Board, the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and recently finished serving as a small business development professional for Montana Community Development Corporation. He has worked professionally for 15 years in the fields of market research, finance and economic development, including five years operating a manufacturing business in Gallatin County and 10 years as the research director of a research-based market assessment group. He is a graduate of Denison University, Leadership Montana, the National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional program and serves on numerous public and private boards.
Bruce Brensdal, Administrator, Housing Division | Montana Board of Housing
Bruce Brensdal was born and raised in Plentywood Montana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern Montana College in Billings and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has been the Administrator of the Housing Division at the Montana Department of Commerce since 2000. This includes the Section 8 programs as well as the Montana Board of Housing. He was previously the Multi-Family Program Manager with the Montana Board of Housing from 1995 through 2000. During this time, Bruce managed the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs, the Multi-Family Bond Programs and the Reverse Annuity Mortgage (RAM) Program. He previously worked for the Montana Department of Revenue as an auditor for five and a half years.