John Engen, Missoula’s 50th and longest-serving mayor, is
accountable for the day-to-day operations of the city while providing
leadership and vision for a community where quality of life is a core value for
Engen’s accomplishments range from comprehensive planning efforts
to ensure that Missoula is a compact, sustainable city to restoring the city’s
once-private water system to public ownership. He’s been a champion of
conservation efforts, a partner in battling hunger and homelessness and a proponent
of thoughtful business development.
Today, the mayor’s team is concentrating efforts on housing
affordability in a thriving community, collaborating with the University of
Montana and the business community in growing our innovation ecosystem and
ensuring that no one is left out as the city grows and prospers.
Engen has served on a variety of advisory boards and currently
serves as an advisor to the Missoula Economic Partnership, Clark Fork River
Market, Essential Eats, the Montana League of Cities and Towns, Smart Growth
America’s Local Leaders’ Council, Spark and the International Rescue Committee.
Born in Missoula in 1964, Engen is a product of Willard Grade
School, Hellgate High School and the University of Montana. He enjoyed a career
in print journalism, was a partner in two small businesses and served a term as
a Missoula City Council member before being elected mayor for the first time in
As a volunteer auctioneer, he’s helped raise hundreds of
thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations in Western Montana.
A friend of the Humane Society of Western Montana, he’s been
rescued again and again by adopted dogs and cats. He enjoys cooking for
friends, making people laugh and getting great work done with really smart