Charles Robison

State Director for Montana

Montana State Director Charles Robison

Charles Robison serves as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Montana. Robison first worked for USDA as a Forest Service wildland firefighter in the late 90s, on an engine crew, as a Hotshot and as a helitack rappeller.  Robison cites the struggles of rural Montana families as his inspiration for public service.   A Montana native, Robison grew up irrigating hay fields and working cattle on his grandparents’ ranch near Ennis.  Robison enjoys hunting, fishing, building snowmen with his kids and teaching them to ski.

Robison earned degrees in law and business from the University of Montana.  He received the American FFA Degree in 1996.  Robison practiced law in Helena with Attorney General Tim Fox at the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm, where he represented family businesses, farmers, ranchers and Montana mines.  Robison served four years as State Director for U.S. Senator Steve Daines.  Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte.  Robison and his wife Rachel live in Helena with their 3 children.  He looks forward to pursuing his passion for the struggles of rural Montana and the working families who call it home.  

As State Director, Robison will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Montana.