Dennis Winters

Chief Economist
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Madison, WI

Mr. Winters is a nationally recognized expert on human resource challenges in the competitive global economic environment. He has expertise in economic analysis, modeling and forecasting; encompassing everything from designing commodity derivative strategies to long-term policy initiative scenario assessments. Mr. Winters' areas of focus include regional and national macroeconomics, energy and labor markets, and economic impact analysis.

He has served as an advisor to private industry, government agencies, and elected federal, state, and local officials. Mr. Winters has testified before governmental investigative bodies and appeared in television and radio interviews and been quoted in the national press such as the Wall Street Journal, Investors Daily, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Journal of Commerce, and the Swedish equivalent of Business Week, as well as many local newspapers.

Mr. Winters has given presentations on the unmatched economic returns from investment in quality early childhood development programs to numerous audiences, including the Milken Global Conference, the Telluride Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, the Loyola Law School Policy Forum on Early Education, the National Education Writers’ Association, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Council of Chief State School Officers.he Economic Returns to the Education System from Investments in Four-Year-Old Kindergarten for Wisconsin, Estimating the Size of the ITP Economy, and Investing

Mr. Winters’ recent work in early childhood development includes Tin Wisconsin’s Future: A Proposal for a State Higher Education Nest Egg Program.

Dennis Winters’ current titles are Chief Economist, Director of the Bureau of Workforce Information and Technical Support, and Labor Market Information Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. He is also chair of the Partnership for Wisconsin Economic Success, a private/public partnership to make investing in early childhood development one of state's top priorities.

Mr. Winters has been a consulting economist for over thirty years including senior positions at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA), DRI / McGraw-Hill (now combined into IHS Global Insight). He was Vice President and Director of Research for NorthStar Economics.

Dennis Winters was educated at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Colorado State University.