Tia Goebel
Executive Director, Compassion Project

Tia Goebel is the Executive Director of Compassion Project, a nonprofit organization cultivating compassion in schools and communities through arts-based educational projects. Tia holds a BA from Montana State University where she studied art as a vehicle for social change. As a 2018 Humanity In Action Fellowship Finalist, she is passionate about protecting and promoting human rights. A lifelong habit of volunteering in the community informs her leadership approach. Tia has experience assisting those experiencing homelessness and works to address issues in areas such as housing, mental health, education, and gender equity. In addition to her work with the HRDC Warming Center, Tia has provided administrative support and event coordination for Mountain Time Arts, a nonprofit local to Bozeman that curates large-scale, temporal public art projects that elevate Indigenous voices on issues such as climate change. Tia has relentlessly pursued opportunities to challenge herself and gain the skills necessary not only to be a successful advocate for those vulnerable in our community, but to become a competent changemaker to combat the status quo that has normalized oppression for far too many. Her current phase in life has landed her in a position of leadership with the Compassion Project, while she hopes these experiences will guide her on her way to a master's degree in art therapy, counseling, or social work so that she may further the skills that allow her to serve. Although originally from South Dakota, she found herself at home in Montana's mountain habitat. When not working, you can find Tia training for another Half Ironman, reading, drinking tea, or playing in the mountains.