Joan Stockinger

Co-op Development Specialist

Joan started with CDS as a consultant in 2006 and became an employee in 2008. She provides a range of business-focused consulting and development support to cooperatives of various kinds and to sustainable value-added agriculture projects. She has a wide range of hands-on experience with management of small and large businesses, including eight years as CFO of a start-up company (social venture capital), and over twelve years of marketing management in several industries.

At CDS she works in partnership with clients to perform feasibility analyses, financial plans, comprehensive business plans and market development projects. Recent clients include an integrated organic dairy producer and processor; a cheese and butter cooperative; a produce distribution cooperative; a pool of 20 wheat growers marketing branded flour; a cooperatively owned movie theatre in a small town; and a dairy pool seeking to develop value-added branded products.

Joan has been involved with cooperatives as a producer/owner, consumer member, board member and consultant. Early in her career, she spent six years at a retail worker cooperative (Freewheel Bicycle Cooperative) managing all aspects of the business including operations, financial planning, purchasing and strategy. After receiving her MBA, she spent six years at a Fortune 500 company as a project manager (technology) and market manager.

Joan served two terms on the CDS board of directors prior to becoming a consultant with the organization. She also served for three terms on the board of directors for the North Country Development Fund including a term as president of the board during a critical period of restructuring and reorganization. Joan has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and an undergraduate honors degree in humanities from the University of Minnesota.