About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Lee Winkler
Research Analyst


Lee Winkler joined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) team in June 2018, and currently serves as a Research Analyst. Mr. Winkler supports a variety of consulting projects focused on understanding the prevalence, attainment, and impact of post-secondary credentials for workers, industry, and in support of the defense industrial base. Mr. Winkler additionally provides data visualization training to CREC’s member-associations, incorporating use-cases and best practices from his consulting work into his lesson plans. 

Mr. Winkler is involved in nearly every step of the data analysis for CREC’s consulting projects: including the collection, preparation, analysis, and visualization of clients’ and member-associations’ data products. Currently, Mr. Winkler consolidates data from both federal and state data sources to conduct a national, de-duplicated count of post-secondary credentials in support of Credential Engine. Mr. Winkler additionally supports efforts by the LMI Institute and the Lumina Foundation to disseminate and encourage the usage of State Certifications and Licenses attainment and associated earnings data through the development of a series of data tools and blogposts. Mr. Winkler incorporates data preparation, analysis and visualization techniques from his various consulting projects into trainings for CREC’s member-associations, including APDU, DDAA, the LMI Institute and C2ER. Mr. Winkler is an avid user of Tableau, in addition to being familiar with GIS software and R.  

Previously, Mr. Winkler worked as a Research Assistant with Dr. Andrew Reamer at the George Washington Institute for Public Policy where he helped identify the users of Bureau of Economic Analysis data.  Mr. Winkler additionally interned with the Office of Surface Mining, the Economic Development Administration, and as a Spanish and Dutch language researcher at an investigations firm. In his free time, Lee enjoys swimming with his dog, basketball, reading history, fishing, and his (current) retirement from rugby.   

Mr. Winkler holds both a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Economic Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the George Washington University. 

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