Steve Cooke has been the General Manager of Friendly City Food Co-op since August of 2010. He was previously the GM of Sevananda Natural Foods Market in Atlanta, GA, where he worked for 18 years, starting out in the kitchen. In 1997, he took over as Chef, and moved into the GM’s office in the year 2000, just after the co-op relocated to Moreland Avenue in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood.
Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism from James Madison University right here in Harrisonburg. He likes to say that he “has a degree in Political Science and Communications, and that’s why he runs a food co-op,” tying the politics of food, and the building of strong community relationships.