Our Employees

SWMMBA was an all-volunteer organization for over 3 years as we grew the nonprofit from a simple grassroots effort, into the organization you see today. The Board of Directors recognized that we could not continue to grow the organization without some significant effort, effort that the Board could no longer expand to complete. The Board decided to open a position and hire our first employee in March 2019, in an effort to grow our organization to better serve our mission statement.

SWMMBA Employees are the biggest supporters of our mission to build, maintain, and advocate for trails which you can ride your bike on. They are here to serve that mission and help us ensure our sport and our experiences live on. They also love having fun on their bikes, ask them to go for a ride with you some time! And please remember to thank them for their service to protect cycling in Southwestern Montana.

Development Manager

IMG_2867.jpg

Keili Bell

Keili Bell, aka Bub, is the Development Manager of Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association. Keili oversees the organizational giving programs that sustainably grow SWMMBA and connect our community to mountain biking. Working with the SWMMBA Board of Directors, Keili is responsible for SWMMBA’s major donor gifts and monthly donor program.

Keili has a long - and successful - record in fundraising and organizing the outdoor recreation advocacy movement. In 2018 Keili co-founded the Outdoor Retailer Night of Stoke: A Night of Social Innovation of the Outdoor Industry in partnership with the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Retailer, and Winter Wildlands Alliance. Prior to this role Keili worked nationally with grassroots groups and corporate outdoor brands to educate and inspire the human-powered backcountry winter recreation community as the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Manager. This included managing corporate sponsorships and organizing the film festival tour of over 100 screenings each year – raising nearly $190,000 for winter trail stewardship projects annually. Keili is currently completing a year-long professional program in Fundraising and Development at University of California Davis.

Keili’s favorite memories are from traveling the world by bicycle, riding rodeo, racing dogsled teams across west, and fishing the creek on her childhood farm in Wyoming. Keili placed third in the Female Solo class at the 2016 Frog Hollow 25 Hour Mountain Bike Race and won permanent saddle scars to remind her of the 25-hour riding journey.