Matt Skoglund joined the Co-op’s Board of Directors in September 2019. Along with his wife, Sarah, Matt is the founder and owner of North Bridger Bison, a holistically managed bison ranch located 30 miles northeast of Bozeman in the Shields Valley.
Prior to starting North Bridger Bison, Matt was the Director of the Northern Rockies Office for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he worked on various conservation issues in Montana and the Northern Rockies for almost ten years.
Matt graduated from Middlebury College in 2001 and earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2005.
Matt is a full-time bison rancher, and he is extremely passionate about local food and agriculture. He and Sarah are currently working with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust to permanently protect their ranch from development with a conservation easement.
Matt and Sarah have lived in Bozeman since 2008, and Matt is also the Vice-President of the Montana Bison Association. More than anything, however, Matt is proudest to be the dad to his and Sarah's two kids, Otto (6) and Greta (3).
From a Board perspective, what do you think are important issues facing the Co-op?
In my opinion, the top three most important issues facing the Co-op are: (1) increasing the Co-op’s efforts to provide lower prices for core food items, (2) furthering its efforts to support local food and agriculture by buying more food from local producers, and (3) working harder to increase the diversity of the Co-op’s staff and membership.
What strengths would you bring to the Board?
I started a bison ranch from scratch and work fulltime in local food and agriculture. My background also includes being a former attorney and working for almost 10 years with NRDC on environmental policy issues in Montana and the Northern Rockies. My wife and I have lived in Bozeman for over a decade, and we have two young children – buying good, healthy food at affordable prices is very important to us. Finally, I am a pragmatic person that focuses on tangible solutions and results.
What aspects of the Co-op Board of Directors do you find of interest?
As a current Board member, I have loved getting to know the amazing staff that makes the Co-op the incredible institution that it is. I also greatly enjoy working with the other Board members on how to continually improve the Co-op – both in the near term and the long term. I strongly believe that the Co-op provides great, great value for the Bozeman community, and I love working to build on the Co-op’s success and make a great place even greater.