Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Winans is a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation. She is the past chair of the Lansing Historic District Commission, was a co-founder and board member of the advocacy group Preservation Lansing, and served as board member and president of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. She speaks fluent Spanish.
Nathalie Winans brings extensive experience in qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as expertise in strategic planning and focus group methodology, to her work at PPA.
Ms. Winans is a member of the Center for Local Solutions at PPA, which helps cities, townships, counties, schools, and nonprofit organizations improve their programs, policies, and services. Her areas of interest include historic preservation, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, and the arts.
In all of her projects, Ms. Winans plays a key role in the interpretation and reporting of research findings in formats that are carefully designed and customized to meet client needs while fulfilling PPA’s high quality standards. She has provided research, reporting, and data visualization services for the evaluations of the Housing Works and Rethinking Job Search initiatives in Oregon, the Workforce Innovation Fund program of the Kansas Department of Commerce, and the Michigan Great Start System, as well as research projects for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Sense of Place Council, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and many others.
In addition to these evaluation services, Ms. Winans has led the research components of strategic planning projects for many organizations, including Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, the Ingham County Land Bank, the Michigan Sense of Place Council, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Prima Civitas. For these projects, her work has included the design and implementation of literature reviews, surveys, interviews, and focus groups, as well as the creation of strategic plan reports and other documents.