Matt Altstiel joined the Metropolitan Planning Council in April 2017 and is the organization's Director of Grants Management where he oversees the organization’s foundation and (select) corporate giving. Matt leads the Council's grant writing and reporting portfilio, working closely with Communications and MPC's programmatic teams - growing MPC's budget nearly 40% during that time. Prior to joining MPC, Matt was the Senior Grant Developer for the Chicago Public Schools, bringing more than $120 million in new funding to public education. Matt has also been an involved member of Chicagoland’s non-profit landscape, having worked for SGA Youth & Family Services, Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, Inc. (PLCCA), and the United Way.
A lifelong Midwesterner, Matt has lived in Chicago since 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and has a Master's in Education from Roosevelt University. He is a member of the Auxiliary Board at the Albany Park Community Center, on the board of Jewish Federation's (JUF) Young Leaders Division, Co-President of the Chicago Gophers (the local chapter of the Minnesota Alumni Association), and a 2018 recipient of the JUF's 36 under 36. In addition to his work for MPC and these organizations, Matt is an avid photographer (MBA Photography) and published author.
Matt lives in the Albany Park community on Chicago’s Northwest side with his wife and dog.
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Areas of expertise
- Strenghtening donor relations
- Expanding corporate partnership opportunities
- Directing the grant application process
- Coordinating grant submissions and reports with external partners
- Identifying potential funding sources
B.A. in Spanish and Global Studies, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities