Michelle Cares
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I stay tuned into my community by showing up and saying yes. Let me know how I can be of service to you.

Current Position

City Council Member

City of Missoula





Specialty Areas
  • Non-Profit
  • Communications
  • Community Organizer
  • Fundraising
  • Government
  • Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Trailblazer

Event Planning - Grants (Writing and Funding) - Public Speaking - Volunteer Management - Social Media - Database Management - Hiring

More Information:

Leadership Experience

Eternally drawn to throwing her hat in the ring, Michelle Cares has had the opportunity to learn leadership by fire. While serving as an AmeriCorps leader, directing an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit board, as captain of the local kickball team and as founder of a strict, must-read-the-book-or-else book club she realized that not only does she prefer to work for high-preforming organizations, she prefers to surround herself with high-performing individuals.

Currently, Michelle works as one of twelve Missoula City Council members, winning her three-way election with over 58% of the vote. Like a true Montanan, she holds down two other jobs to pay her mortgage, also driving Uber and supporting the ACLU of Montana.

Michelle is a proud member of the YWCA of Missoula Board of Directors..

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

Michelle believes strongly in the power of weak ties. She would be pleased to connect with you to expand her understanding of statewide happenings. To be specific, you could talk to Michelle about things you want to change in your community, meet with her about the nonprofit sector or to gain advice on how to create a Life Planning Circle within your network to enhance access to feedback and accountability

Other Information

Michelle is a parent, an avid birder, reader, runner and team sports enthusiast.