Chris Puyear brings a diverse range of public relations, grassroots advocacy, and government affairs experience to S360’s Montana office.
Chris launched his career in public policy at the age of 17 while serving as a legislative intern for the Montana Rural Education Association. After his initial exposure to the political process, he made the decision to attend Carroll College while lobbying on behalf of organizations in the tourism and healthcare industries.
Most recently, Chris managed communications efforts for the five elected members of the Montana Public Service Commission. As the PSC’s chief spokesman, Chris navigated the Commission through one of the most contentious periods in its recent history and was responsible for developing and implementing an earned media strategy to increase public awareness and support for the work of the Commission. While at the Commission, Chris also led state-level efforts to pass a landmark piece of consumer protection legislation. The measure remains the PSC’s most significant legislative victory in over a decade.
Prior to joining the PSC, Chris held various roles in political and non-profit advocacy organizations, including the historic election campaign for U.S Senator Steve Daines.
Chris, a fifth-generation Montanan, is happiest when he’s exploring the outdoors with his girlfriend Tyler. Together they can be found floating the mighty Missouri, paddle boarding on Holland Lake, or hiking one of the scenic peaks in the Bitterroot. When he’s not outside, Chris enjoys indulging his passion for magic. Under the right circumstances, he can even be talked into performing a few tricks.