Matt Altstiel - Staff member - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Matt Altstiel

Matt Altstiel 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 portfolio, working closely with Communications and MPC's programmatic teams - growing MPC's budget nearly 45% since his arrival in 2017. 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, an Executive Vice President of Jewish Federation's (JUF) Young Leaders Division, Co-President of the Chicago Gophers (the local chapter of the Minnesota Alumni Association), a 2018 recipient of the JUF's 36 under 36, and the JUF’s 2021 “Leader Among Leaders” awardee. In addition to his work for MPC and these organizations, Matt is an avid photographer (MBA Photography), a published author, and a recording artist with multiple albums released. 

Matt lives in the Albany Park community on Chicago’s Northwest side with his wife and dog. He is a 5th generation Chicagoan.

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Matt Altstiel Director of Grants Management
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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

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