Melissa Winkler

Melissa Winkler

Policy and Research Manager

National Team

Melissa Winkler is the Policy and Research Manager for Up for Growth. In this role, she manages Up for Growth’s policy and housing market-related research and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement policy objectives and legislative proposals. 

Prior to joining Up for Growth, Melissa spent three years in a poverty-focused nonprofit in Atlanta, GA. There she was responsible for community relations, including advocacy, communications, and special events. Prior to that, Melissa served as an AmeriCorps in Spokane, WA, where she worked at a day center for homeless and low-income women. She recently completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Chicago’s Harris School, focusing on housing, urban development, and inequality.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys wandering through bookstores, exploring new neighborhoods, and finding the best iced coffee.