Britt Ide, departing executive director of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and founding president of Ide Energy & Strategy, is looking forward to putting her mediations skills and energy expertise to work for green energy on a national level. PHOTO COURTESY BRITT IDE

Feeling the need for green energy

Executive Director of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation shifts her focus

Britt Ide, executive director of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation could not imagine stepping away from her role with the foundation without first completing one of her favorite fundraisers of the year – Give Big Gallatin Valley. 

This year’s goal is to raise $1.5 million for area nonprofits in 24 hours. Last year’s efforts reached the goal of $1.2 million. A launch celebration for the effort will be hosted in Big Sky for the first time on May 3 at the Lone Peak Cinema. 

The completion of that effort will also mean the completion of Ide’s two-years with the foundation. She takes pride in accomplishments during that time: Helping achieve $5 million in donations to the community since 2009; contributing $375,000 to Big Sky Medical Center to expand primary 

care to evenings and weekends; streamlining the grant process; as well as the foundation’s efforts at being a major underwriter for Give Big Gallatin Valley. 

Ide has a background in mechanical and environmental engineering, a Juris Doctor and an extensive history of board involvement. She is excited to take a further step into her board work – particularly with regard to her true passion: green energy. 

Ide holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a Juris Doctor. Her past nonprofit board service includes the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; the Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University; and Treasurer for the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Ide currently serves on the Boards of NorthWestern Energy, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, the Big Sky Community Housing Trust, and Hotrock Energy Research Organization. 

She is excited to continue her work with the Northwestern Energy board and recently signed-on with the Coalition for Green Capital out of Washington, D.C. 

“I’m just excited to help across the country to spur the transition to green energy nationally and have a source of capital to create green banks – banks that help with lending for green energy,” she said. 

Not only is she pushing for green energy, but also more board diversity. She was invited by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to be the U.S. ambassador of Clean Energy Education & Empowerment, which aims to help advance women employed in clean energy into leadership roles. 

“One of my big volunteer pushes it to increase diversity in leadership, especially on corporate boards,” she said. 

Her day-to-day will now include placing her fingertips more fully on the pulse of the energy industry – which is perpetually in a state of transition. 

She will be traveling to Northwestern Energy board meetings all over Montana and South Dakota and will travel to Washington, D.C. at least once a year for the Coalition for Green Capital. 

“I’m just excited to really focus on something I really care about. It’s a total ideal to be able to live in Big Sky and to be able to travel nationally to work on these issues – it’s a really cool combination,” she said. 

Associate Director of YCCF Jacque Poertner and Communications Coordinator Anna Shipley will be co-directing the foundation. They are continuing with their current positions, but increasing their level of leadership and visibility, Ide explained. 

“I am so excited that they are going to be leading and the foundation is in excellent hands with them,” she said. 

Shipley expressed excitement for Ide in her new role and opportunity to focus on corporate board work. 

“It’s been great to work with her the past two years – lots of change happening,” she said. “Moving forward, I look forward to partnering with Jacque to continue the work of the foundation supporting our local area non-profits.” 

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