Steve Winter

Principal Economic Development Planner

Department: Land Use – Economic Development
Phone: 617-933-0753


Steve Winter, Principal Economic Development Planner, provides strategic direction and coordination to interdisciplinary teams of planners and staff from across MAPC and in partner organizations to build and implement projects throughout the region.

Mr. Winter’s responsibilities include regional economic development planning, provision of direct professional planning services to municipalities, technical assistance and support to economic development practitioners, fund development, program development, and grants management. Mr. Winter is developing projects that use an economic development lens to understand and address regional issues such as employment transportation, employment housing, accessible public post-secondary education, sustainable life science and innovation industry clusters, and the creation of business development and research districts. Most recently, Mr. Winter is working on the North Shore of metropolitan Boston to create access to state of the art labratory, research, and business incubator services. Additionally, Mr. Winter has been a close partner in the development N2 Business District, a unique public/private partnership that involves two municipalities and the Newton Needham Regional Chamber.

By partnering with local post secondary institutions such as the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Northeastern University School of Law, and Endicott College he has built regional capacity to address wealth-building within immigrant communities as a critical component of the regional economy.

Mr. Winter has a professional background that includes community organizing, regional planning, non-profit management, organizational change management, and teaching at the post-secondary level. He has built fundraising capacity to support major donor campaigns, private and corporate foundation funding appeals, and annual as well as targeted appeals. He has provided conflict resolution and mediation for both corporate and public sector clients.

Mr. Winter holds a Master in Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. He is a member of the North Shore InnoVentures Advisory Board, and the N2 Task Force.

Areas of Expertise: Regional economic development, creating density & development in town centers, community engagement, small business development, developing business incubators, urban design review, strategic planning for public/private efforts, cross municipal partnerships, entrepreneurship.