Ben J. Winter
SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, HOUSING & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
bwinter [@] calfund [.] org | Ext. 211
Ben Winter oversees CCF’s housing initiatives and policy advocacy, helping to strengthen low-income communities, solve homelessness, and grow the region’s supply of housing in an equitable, just and sustainable way.
Prior to joining CCF, Ben was the Chief Housing Officer for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and a senior analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the leadership of President Barack Obama. In these roles, Winter has led a variety of local and federal efforts to accelerate the development of affordable and permanent supportive housing, implement equitable land-use reforms, and allocate billions of dollars to state and local jurisdictions for community development and housing initiatives.
Winter received a master of urban planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and was a fellow at NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. In his earlier years, he worked long nights in the service-sector economy while securing a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, specializing in Spanish literature, international relations and global cultures. He also spent time as a paralegal, learning about law and defending the rights of immigrants.