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  • Wyman B. Winston, Executive Director

    Wyman Winston

    Governor Scott Walker appointed Wyman B. Winston as WHEDA’s Executive Director effective January 3, 2011. Mr. Winston is committed to leveraging WHEDA's resources, including its professional staff of highly motivated individuals, to help communities meet their affordable housing needs while also fostering business growth and job creation in Wisconsin.

    Since his appointment by Governor Walker, WHEDA has enjoyed noteworthy accomplishments that have created jobs, helped small businesses and provided housing opportunities for residents all across Wisconsin. 

    Mr. Winston is a member of The Interagency Council on Homelessness, chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, that was formed to establish and periodically review a statewide policy to prevent and end homelessness. 

    Mr. Winston also serves on the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment, the Council on Workforce Investment, and the Wells Fargo New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Board. He is also President of Lift Wisconsin, a Community Development Entity.

    Under Mr. Winston’s leadership, along with support from the Governor, State Legislature, WHEDA Members of the Board and employees, and many partners, WHEDA has invested over $1 billion in Wisconsin for affordable housing and economic development. Mr. Winston has utilized WHEDA’s innovative financing products and tools to:

    • Create new programs to help small businesses create jobs and provide catalytic economic development investment in low-income Wisconsin communities
    • Finance the construction, rehabilitation or refinancing of affordable rental developments across Wisconsin
    • Re-establish WHEDA as a mortgage lender to low- and moderate-income home buyers

    In 2012, Governor Walker and Executive Director Winston unveiled Transform Milwaukee, a public-private initiative focusing on restoring economic vitality to Wisconsin’s largest city. Through WHEDA financing and public-private partnerships, the initiative has generated over $700 million of development in Milwaukee.

    Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Winston spent 14 years at WHEDA as a senior manager, first in Multifamily and later heading the Emerging Markets Group. Outside of WHEDA, he spent 10 years at other redevelopment authorities.