Ian was born in Whitefish and raised in Missoula. After graduating from Princeton University in 2005, he spent time in Boston, Phoenix, and San Diego before pursuing and obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. In 2009 he moved back to Montana, and for the next eight years worked to support fundraising and communication efforts for the University of Montana. In 2017, he and his wife moved to Polson, where he presently serves as a media and information specialist at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Ian joined the Polson Chamber board in 2019, and is dedicated to supporting this incredible community for many years to come. He enjoys food in any shape or variety, and is also a writer of fiction.