University of Wisconsin–Madison

Matt Stanley

General Manager, Astoria Co-op

Matt Stanley head shot

Matt entered the food cooperative world as a stocker at Ocean Beach People’s where he worked part-time as he earned his master’s in non-profit management from UCSD. He has been General Manager of the Astoria Co-op for the past 10 years. During that time the store has seen dramatic growth and is now planning a major expansion that would see the store evolve into a highly visible full-service food co-op. In order to fund his expansion Matt recently led a successful member capital campaign in the fall of 2017 that raised $1.7 million in preferred shares. He is here to share all the things he learned during the campaign so that more co-ops can tap their owner bases for this important source of cash.