Nathalie Winans brings extensive experience in qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as expertise in focus group coordination and Spanish translation and interpretation, to her work at PPA.
Master's degree in urban and regional planning at Michigan State University. Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Also notable: Ms. Winans is an emerging fine artist with a growing national and international following. She is the chair of the City of Lansing Historic District Commission, a co-founder of the advocacy group Preservation Lansing, and serves on the board of trustees of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing.
Her areas of interest are historic preservation, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, and the arts.
Ms. Winans performs a wide variety of research, evaluation, and technical-assistance activities for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). She provides facilitation, data analysis, reporting, and many other forms of support to the Sense of Place Council, a broad-based initiative dedicated to improving Michigan’s unique places and quality of life.
She carries out numerous research activities to inform the ongoing development and implementation of MSHDA’s community revitalization strategy. Ms. Winans also participated in two rounds of statewide site visits as well as staff and stakeholder interviews in the evaluation of MSHDA’s Cool Cities Initiative to foster cultural revitalization and community development.
Ms. Winans performs research and development activities for the Michigan Economic Gardening Network, a pioneering initiative of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) designed to help Michigan’s communities and regions support the growth of their most promising local businesses. Recently, she coordinated a series of focus groups for SBAM and its partners on the needs of second-stage businesses in Michigan. Ms. Winans also provides data-collection, analysis, and reporting services as a member of the evaluation team for the Michigan Public Service Commission’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Fund program.
Ms. Winans has performed primary and secondary research, data analysis, and reporting for the Green Jobs for Women National Pilot Projects, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. She provided evaluation and technical-assistance support to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded People and Land Initiative, whose grants supported diverse regional coalitions that leverage Michigan’s unique urban and rural assets to foster economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and quality of life. She participated in three rounds of nationwide stakeholder interviews, data analysis, and reporting as a member of the evaluation site visit team for Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor.
She interviewed key stakeholders throughout Michigan for the Mott Foundation-commissioned performance review of the Michigan Regional Skills Alliance (MiRSA) grant program. Ms. Winans has also developed Spanish-language survey instruments and conducted interviews in Spanish for numerous projects at PPA, including the evaluations of the Supplemental Education Services program of the Michigan Department of Education, the Lifelong Learning Accounts demonstration of the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, and more.