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ABOUT

Winter Consulting

Winter Consulting LLC is a growing leader in Bay Area community outreach and stakeholder engagement striving for sustainable and equitable transportation for all. Our team brings 45 years of combined experience engaging diverse stakeholders—from city and transit agency staff and elected officials to community leaders, business representatives, and folks from the general public. We specialize in reaching voices historically left out of the planning process through our network of CBO partnerships and community relationships forged over two decades.

 

In these unprecedented times, our team has successfully converted to digital outreach and Zoom facilitation ranging from small focus groups to large panel discussions to public meetings incorporating the latest technologies in real-time audience polling and engagement software. We pride ourselves on making complex information palatable to the public and enjoyable to engage in order to maximize the amount of valuable feedback we receive from our participants.

As a boutique firm, we benefit from the infrastructure and personnel to tackle complicated endeavors, yet we’re also small enough to deliver the agile personal touch every project deserves. We bid only on projects our team genuinely believes will improve the communities in which we live and work.

 

Our Team

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Corinne Winter 

Founder

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Ellena Tran
Engagement Coordinator

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Corinne brings 20 years of professional experience supporting sustainable and equitable change in the transportation industry. In her decade as executive director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and board chair of Transform, she helped expand membership bases, raised community awareness of the importance of sustainable transportation, and advocated for bike-able and walkable communities for all. She engaged diverse stakeholders including city and transit agency staff, elected officials, developers, community leaders, and business leaders. Corinne then founded Winter Consulting in 2015 to help ensure local community voices and concerns–especially those of historically underrepresented communities–were being heard by the agencies drafting and planning future transportation policy and projects. Corinne’s approach presupposes that continued progress toward a more sustainable transportation landscape cannot be decoupled from racial and social equity concerns.

Ellena discovered a passion for community engagement after earning her degree in Communication Studies. As a native of San José whose grandparents emigrated from Vietnam, and as someone who also served as Project Coordinator at the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO), Ellena understands first-hand the needs and concerns of the area’s extensive Vietnamese immigrant community. She also developed a broad understanding of best engagement practices by working with diverse communities throughout the South Bay. As Outreach Coordinator, Ellena has taken the lead on many of Winter Consulting’s engagement activities across multiple projects including San José’s Access & Mobility Plan, Downtown Transportation Plan, and Emerging Mobility Action Plan.

Frank Ponciano
Equitable Engagement Manager

Avery Harmon
Engagement Manager

Frank Ponciano moved to San Jose from the east coast in 2015 and since then has been dedicated to educating and otherwise engaging individuals and families in the Bay Area around issues affecting their everyday lives. Frank transitioned out of the corporate sector into community organizing in order to bring justice and equity to Bay Area communities that in many ways mirrored the one where he grew up.

Frank’s work as a policy specialist for a San Jose Councilmember led him to specialize in housing and homelessness, public safety, and environmental policy. It was in this role that he began to realize the importance of transportation as an intersectional issue and how it can be the key to much of the progress we seek in our communities.

Frank is passionate about equity in public participation and brings that enthusiasm to all of his work at Winter Consulting. He contributes through his extensive experience in community engagement, and wide network of relationships in the Bay Area. Frank manages a number of Winter Consulting’s key projects and supports the entire firm’s focus on equity in all of our work.

Avery leverages his background in urban planning, real estate development, and community outreach to steward equitable transit projects with Winter Consulting. Driven by the potential for infrastructure to create opportunity, he uses policy and design as tools to enhance quality of life across the Bay Area. Avery got his start in community engagement with the goal of uplifting the intrinsic value of Black neighborhoods. He served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Baltimore, MD, where he engaged neighborhood associations, policymakers, architects, small business owners and other stakeholders in support of a 36-mile bike and pedestrian trail loop. Avery graduated with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in Real Estate Design and Development from the Wharton School of Business.

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Christina Guarino
Operations Associate

Anne Winter
Administrative Manager

Christina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with bachelor's degrees in psychology and anthropology. Her drive for implementing positive change at a large scale brought her to work at Winter Consulting. She enjoys working with a team that is passionate about equity, accessability, and sustainability. Winter Consulting strives to listen to and support every individual across various communities, and Christina takes prides in being a part of that. Her position as the Operations Manager allows her to contribute to current projects, assist the team in back-end tasks, and provide support on a variety of tasks. Team building and relationship building are a couple of her passions, and she's grateful to use those skills in this work. 

As a native Californian, Anne has lived both in Southern California and the Bay Area. She much prefers the beauty and the progressive atmosphere of the Bay Area, although she misses the beaches in San Diego. Anne's first career was as a social worker and eligibility specialist in Contra Costa County. She also taught social studies in the San Diego area, worked in clerical and research capacities for a mortgage servicing company, and more recently was the administrative manager for ten years at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition in San Jose, a time of exponential growth in that organization. Anne retired several years ago and moved to Walnut Creek, but came out of retirement to help out at Winter Consulting, doing bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, human resources, and other "back office" duties.