Winson was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After graduating from high school, he served as a Global Citizen Year Fellow in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Challenged by learning Portuguese, navigating a new culture, and figuring out how to use the city’s bus system, Winson discovered the value of taking intentional time away from academics. He arrived at Middlebury with new questions and curiosities about the world. Guided by these questions, Winson is currently studying Geography. He draws inspiration from people who have dared to compete, unconventional approaches to old problems, and his family. Among many developing interests, Winson plans to increase access to gap semester and bridge year opportunities. He is also interested in human centered design thinking.
After completing a semester abroad in Cameroon, Winson spent his 2015 summer in New York interning for Purpose, a public benefit corporation that builds and accelerates social movements to tackle our world’s greatest challenges. As a strategy intern, he worked closely within a team of four to collaborate with a leading foundation and develop a guide that funders and civil society organizations can use to increase citizen participation in the developing world. One of Winson’s main takeaways for the summer was that solving our world’s greatest challenges will not come from changing people’s minds, but getting people to participate and act in unison toward change. He looks forward to future work at the intersection of social movements, human-centered design, and strategic thinking.