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Julia Winer

Director of Public Policy
and Strategic Planning

Julia Winer serves as the Director of Public Policy and Strategic Planning for CREC. In this role, Julia is responsible providing operational, project management, and legislative direction and support to CREC’s executive leadership; promoting CREC’s legislative and programmatic agenda with legislative, business, and community stakeholders; and providing leadership, research, and organizational capacity with new business and program opportunities.

Previously, Julia served as CREC’s Interim Chief of Staff, the Assistant Director of Communications, and the Coordinator of Legislative Affairs for CREC. In these roles, she was responsible for implementing the overall communications and legislative strategy for the agency and for CREC Magnet Schools, including driving CREC's media presence; designing a strategy for enhancing brand quality and awareness; ensuring CREC's marketing efforts were internally efficient and successfully reached CREC's desired markets; managing CREC’s crisis communications; and providing support to leadership for special projects and event planning.

Julia is an experienced research and writer. Her work style is characterized by her organization and attention to detail and by her design orientation. She began working for CREC in 2010 as the Coordinator of Research and Development for CREC's Division of Teaching and Learning and CREC's Division of Magnet Schools. Her responsibilities included writing research briefs, developing new program models, and coordinating grants for the magnet schools.

Julia has extensive experience in project management and in designing and delivering teacher training and professional development. She served four years as a consultant and the coordinator of Connecticut's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative at the State Education Resource Center of Connecticut. Julia is certified as an elementary and special education teacher. She received her undergraduate degree in education and psychology from the University of Hartford and a Master of Science in Comparative and International Education from Oxford University. She is winner of the prestigious John G. Martin Scholarship for study at Oxford, awarded for exceptional academic success and community involvement. She obtained a Master of Business Administration at the University of Connecticut in 2016. She lives in West Hartford with her husband.

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