Kali Wicks was raised on a dry-land wheat farm in Liberty County. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Relations, and an M.A. in Communications and Leadership. Kali also holds an M.P.A. and C.P.H. from the University of Montana in Missoula.
Kali has a background in community and workforce development, higher education, strategic planning, grant management, healthcare, and advocacy and policy work. She is the Government Relations Manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana where she focuses on issues like access to affordable quality healthcare, rural health policy development, and mental health and substance use disorder prevention.
Kali lives in Helena with her husband Andrew and son Rhett, where she is an active member of the community. She is a member of the Helena Symphony Board and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Career Training Institute. She also sits on several statewide boards, including the Executive Board for the state’s HOSA (Vice-Chair, Health Occupations Students of America) Chapter, the University of Montana’s MPA Alumni Advisory Board, and as President of the Executive Board of the Women’s Foundation of Montana. Additionally, Kali volunteers with the Women’s NEW Leadership project – a non-partisan week-long leadership program for college age women in Montana – as both a fundraiser and presenter. Kali formerly served as a Commissioner for the City of Helena where she championed affordable housing, improved services, and access to public lands.