Leo Berry was born and raised in Anaconda, Mt. He attended Gonzaga University and the University of Montana School of Law, graduating in 1973. Upon graduation, he worked as an attorney at the Montana Department of State Lands until April 1976, when Governor Judge appointed him Commissioner of State Lands. In January of 1981 he was appointed by Governor Schwinden as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He served in that capacity until 1985 at which time he helped create the law firm of Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry and Hoven PC.. He was a long time board member of Montana Youth Homes, a non-profit dedicated to at risk adolescents. He is a founding member of Helena’s Prickly Pear Land Trust and was Chairman of Helena’s first Open Space Bond Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the Western Educational Foundation for Resources and a board member of the U.S.S. Montana Committee. Mr. Berry is married and he and his wife, Lurie, have two daughters and three grandchildren.