Katjana Stutzer is passionate about helping elevate marginalized voices in the public sphere, particularly by supporting progressive women candidates for public office, empowering young people to improve their communities, and engaging media as a pathway for feminism. She spent the 2020 election cycle managing campaigns to elect Shannon O’Brien to the Montana Senate and to mobilize progressive student voters in Montana with the Feminist Majority/NOW. Katjana developed an interest in Montana politics, the civic power of young people, and feminism while earning her BA in Communication Studies at the University of Montana. As a student intern and organizer with MontPIRG, Katjana saw first-hand how empowering and impactful it is to connect young people to the tools to engage in politics as organizers. And as a rhetoric student, Katjana took particular interest in how activists use communication to advance the feminist movement. Because of these formative experiences as an undergraduate, Katjana chose to pursue an MA in Communication at UM. As an instructor of Public Speaking courses, she taught students that exercising voice is the foundation of our democracy, and how to find theirs. She researched feminist rhetoric in the context of news coverage of female politicians, political media campaigns, and #MeToo as a social media phenomenon. Katjana also represented student interests and oversaw local elections on the Missoula Elections Advisory Committee and continued to help empower young organizers as a board member with MontPIRG. Katjana was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and spent a few years there after college working in nonprofit development and communications, gaining experience in donor relations, event planning, and grant writing before returning to Missoula for grad school. Katjana is currently a Steering Committee member of the Women’s Giving Circle, a collaborative charitable group in Missoula that positions women and nonbinary people as leaders in philanthropy. Katjana also enjoys practicing Aikido, social dancing, outdoor excursions, and baking beautiful (and delicious) desserts.
Feminist. Baker. Communication Nerd. Organizer.