Winslade brings more than a decade of experience in higher education and energy efficiency efforts in the private sector, where she helped to translate visionary ideas into on-the-ground reality. She was previously the transformational program manager for Hawaii Energy, a state program administered by Leidos Engineering, at which she designed and managed programs to shift the market for energy efficiency in Hawaii through education, research, and strategic partnerships.
In 2012, Winslade launched the sustainability office of the University of Hawaii. She and her colleagues developed a sustainability strategy for its 10-campus system, and she guided a process that spurred the university’s board of regents to incorporate a commitment to climate neutrality and zero waste.
As a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz and as its first sustainability director, Winslade spent more than 10 years collaborating with campus community members to develop a range of sustainability programs and build a fully funded, highly effective office with a strong emphasis on student leadership development.
Winslade's enthusiasm for sustainability intersects with her interest in social justice. While in Hawaii, she partnered with MA‘O Organic Farms, a social enterprise that employs at-risk youth between the ages of 17-24. The young people work on the farm part-time and receive a tuition waiver to attend community college. She helped to design a new degree program on sustainable community food systems to provide an opportunity for the youth to obtain a B.A. She is also a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, which inspires and connects students, young professionals, and citizens to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship in their communities.
In her role at Swarthmore, Winslade will work closely with an array of campus constituencies to ensure that the College’s sustainability programs reflect its Quaker roots and the long tradition of honoring the natural environment.