For almost 40 years, Winston Burton created, developed and administered employment and training programs for low income people across the United States.
A former cab driver, Xerox technician and electronics instructor, Winston started the “New Jobs for Women Electronics Program” in Philadelphia PA, in 1977, to train single parent mothers. In 1980, as the Training and Employment Coordinator for the City of Davenport Iowa, he developed training and employment programs for displaced factory workers, migrant farmers and ex-offenders.
After moving to California in 1982, Winston developed an electronics training program in Hayward for “Advocates for Women.” In 1983 at Catholic Charities in Oakland he developed and coordinated the “Refugee Employment Program” and the “Seniors Employment Program”. From 1988 – 2012, Winston was the Employment Coordinator and Program Director at BOSS, in Berkeley California, developing employment and training opportunities for homeless persons in Alameda County. After leaving BOSS, Winston became the Executive Director of The Workforce Collaborative in Oakland, from which he retired in 2014.
Winston Burton has served on a number of community Boards, including the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and the Berkeley Library Board.
He now consults with a variety of employment, training and community organizations.