Michelle Winters Joins ULI as a Senior Visiting Fellow

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WASHINGTON (February 18, 2014) – Michelle McDonough Winters, president of Winters Community Strategies and former senior manager for green strategies at NeighborWorks America, has joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as a senior visiting fellow, the institute announced today.

“We are honored to have Michelle join ULI.  With her experience in the in the field of housing and community development, she will bring expertise and distinction to the Center and its mission,” said ULI Terwilliger Center Executive Director Lynn Ross.

Winters, who has worked for nearly two decades on issues such as housing finance and policy, will participate in a range of research and events in order to advance ULI’s housing initiatives. She will help the Terwilliger Center conduct research on housing markets, policies and best practices with a focus on affordable rental housing.

“ULI and its members are helping to shape the future of our communities, and the Terwilliger Center is focused on making housing options more affordable and communities more inclusive,” said Winters.  “I’m honored to be involved in the impressive set of resources that the Center is producing to help move this agenda forward.”

In Winters’ role with Winters Community Strategies, she works with clients to design and evaluate affordable housing and community development strategies, programs and policies.  She consults both nonprofit and public sector clients on how to create more sustainable and inclusive communities. Prior to joining ULI, she oversaw sustainability initiatives for NeighborhoodWorks America, one of the nation’s largest community development intermediaries.  In this capacity, she managed the organization’s national grant making and technical assistance efforts related to green strategies and sustainability, in addition to developing the first organization-level green designation program for housing and community development nonprofits.

Prior to her time with NeighborhoodWorks America, Winters was appointed by the Arlington, Va. County Board to serve on the Arlington County Housing Commission.  From 2007 to 2010, she provided the county with advice on affordable housing issues, developments, and policy proposals.  During this same time, she also served as program director for affordable housing preservation at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she provided loans and technical assistance to nonprofit developers and managed an active federal policy agenda. After getting her start in housing research at the Urban Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate, Winters spent nine years at Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation. During this time, she managed policy and analytical functions related to affordable housing initiatives and regulatory requirements.

Winters holds a Master in City Planning from MIT where she specialized in Housing, Community and Economic Development, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has over 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

About the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing engages in a multifaceted program of work that furthers the development of mixed-income, mixed-use communities with a full spectrum of housing affordability. The center was established in 2007 by J. Ronald Terwilliger, former ULI chairman and chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential.