Ben J. Winter
Ben Winter oversees the Office of Policy Development (OPD) within the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). OPD is charged with determining the policy relevance of HUD’s research, engaging in policy analysis, analyzing legislative proposals and initiatives, disseminating policy and research findings, and managing the Department’s International and Philanthropic engagements.
Prior to rejoining HUD, Mr. Winter led the California Community Foundation’s housing and economic opportunity initiatives in Los Angeles, helping to strengthen low-income communities, solve homelessness, and grow the region’s supply of housing in an equitable, just, and sustainable way.
Before CCF, Mr. Winter was the Chief Housing Officer for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and a senior analyst at HUD under the leadership of President Barack Obama. In these roles, Mr. Winter 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.
Mr. 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. He also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, specializing in Spanish literature, international relations, and global cultures. Mr. Winter started his career in Madison as a neighborhood council representative and paralegal, helping immigrant communities in Wisconsin navigate the complex immigration system.