Krista was born and raised on a farm/ranch East of Judith Gap. She attended Montana State University where she obtained degrees in Agricultural Business, Economics, and Range Science.
Krista worked for Montana Legislative Services for 10 years as a research analyst specializing in water policy including water quantity and water quality, eminent domain, and agricultural issues. Krista staffed the Environmental Quality Council and the Water Policy Interim Committee in the interim and the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees in the legislative session as well as the House Agriculture Committee.
Krista has run her Government Affairs Consulting business, Blake Creek Project Management, Inc. since 1999 where a majority of her business focuses on the protection of existing water rights and the prior appropriation doctrine, energy production in Montana and agricultural business and grain handling issues. Krista serves as the executive director for the Montana Agricultural Business Association and the Montana Grain Elevator Association. Krista also owns, operates, and coaches at FireTower CrossFit in Helena.
In her spare time, Krista is an avid runner and CrossFitter, is on the Lewis and Clark County 4-H Foundation Board, and takes part in other community activities. She and her two boys have a small acreage in Helena’s East Valley.