Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Name: Michele Landquist
Term: Six Years
Elected: General Election, November, 2008
Michele was born in Bremahaven, Germany into a military family. During her formative years while moving around the country and the world, she attended 11 schools in 12 years. Michele fell in love with Missoula as a child in the mid-1960’s, when she lived here for about three years while her Father was assigned to Ft. Missoula as a National Guard Advisor. She moved back to Missoula a few years after graduating from high school. Missoula County has been her home now for more than 36 years.
Before pursuing a formal higher education, she worked in a number of fields including: the Montana Recycling Center; owned and operated Custom Cleaning Service; worked in the home health care field; and managed Davis Second Hand. Michele attended college as a non-traditional student and graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Biology, Natural History Emphasis, and a minor in Communications. After graduating, she began working for non-profit organizations: Watershed Education Network as a Field Coordinator; followed by working for the Lolo Watershed Group, where she held numerous positions, finally serving as their Executive Director.
Michele has always taken a keen interest being involved in the community. In the past she was active in the Lolo PTA, Girl Scout Leader, 4-H Leader, FFA Alumni Association, Lolo-Florence Lions Club, Missoula County’s Open Land’s Advisory Committee, and served two elected terms on the Lolo Community Council. Presently, she continues her membership in the MEEA (Montana Environmental Education Association), MWGA (Montana Wool Growers Association), and Western Montana Sheep Growers Association.
Michele is in her sixth year as an elected Missoula County Commissioner. Part of her service in this position requires sitting on various Boards and Commissions. Currently she serves on the Human Resource Council Board, the Larchmont Golf Course Board, the Missoula Ravalli Transport Management Association Board (MRTMA), the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC), the Missoula Development Park Advisory Committee (MDA) and the Mayor's Missoula Downtown Advisory Commission.
Michele is happily married to Bruce Landquist, has two grown daughters and nine grandchildren. In her off time, she enjoys fishing and working on their small family farm in Lolo, where she gardens, raises sheep and poultry.