Jen Winter has served as Public Works Director for the City of Cedar Rapids since April 2015. Jen oversees approximately 200 employees within five divisions in the Public Works Department. These include Engineering, Traffic, Real Estate/Right-of-Way Management, Street Operations, and Sewer Operations. Prior to joining the City, Jen was Regional Director at HR Green, where she had served since 2004. As Regional Director, Jen led the Cedar Rapids engineering firm’s Iowa transportation team, supervised project managers across the organization, and collaborated with municipalities from across the state of Iowa.
Jen received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. In addition to her experience at HR Green, Jen’s previous work experience includes working as a project engineer for Ament Design in Cedar Rapids; for Strand Associates in Madison, Wisconsin; and for Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska.
Jen is an active member of APWA and is currently the Region 3 Director for the APWA Iowa Chapter which covers 11 counties. She is also the former chair of the APWA Center for Sustainability. This is a national committee focused on delivering resources, education, advocacy, and member engagement for public works professionals to implement environmentally, economically and socially responsible projects and services.