Contact: Lauren Brendel, M.S.
Bozeman Health is pleased to announce that Denise Juneau has accepted the position of chief government and community affairs officer on the Bozeman Health executive leadership team, starting January 3, 2022.
In this newly created role, Denise will be a critical leader and partner in informing and educating legislation and policy that impacts Bozeman Health. She will oversee the assessment, planning, and implementation of community priorities across the organization and continue to elevate and build strong partnerships across the health system, community, and state.
Denise has a strong background in public service, advocacy, and education. Most recently, she has been consulting for government, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies on leadership development, systems change, education issues, social justice issues, government relations and fundraising. Prior to this, she spent more than a decade in public service. She was the first American Indian woman elected to a statewide executive position when she served as Montana’s State Superintendent, and was the first Native superintendent for Seattle Public Schools, where she provided leadership to 104 public schools and more than 5,800 educators.
Denise believes that the first step in driving change is sharing a compelling vision for our future. As a seasoned leader and motivator, she motivates teams to coalesce around that vision and aligns strategy to overcome any obstacle. She holds a lifelong commitment to blazing trails, claiming a seat at the table, making equitable decisions, and inviting new voices to the conversation.
Denise has been recognized with more than a dozen national awards. She is a frequent keynote speaker, published author, and member of many organizations dedicated to improving the American public education system and leading toward social justice.
Denise holds a JD from the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, Montana, a master’s in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a bachelor of arts in English and language arts education from Montana State University. She is a member of the Mandan-Hidatsa Nations, and descendant of the Blackfeet Nation, Tlingit and Haida Indian Nations of Alaska, and the Oneida Nation.