University of Wisconsin–Madison

Chris Maher

General Manager, BriarPatch Food Co-op

Chris Maher head shot

Chris Maher has had a long and exciting career in the worlds of fine dining, causal food service, and grocery.  His passion for co-ops was formed as a member of the La Montañita Co-op Management Team.  He joined the BriarPatch team in 2007 as the Food Service Manager and was named General Manger just two years later. Since then, he has worked closely with the Management Team and Board of Directors to grow the co-op from $10 to over $30 million dollars today. He serves as Vice Chair of the National Co+op Grocers Board of Directors and as President of a local charter school.

He is a wholehearted supporter of the organic and local food movements as well as food and social justice issues. A graduate of University of New Mexico, he spends his free time reading, playing music and spending time with his four kids and wife.