Maja Winton

Photo of Maja WintonMaja Winton serves as the Operations Manager for the California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing and Engagement and is also the Operations Management lead for the AHA’s Advocacy Department’s federal and state grants including the CDC REACH, CDC COVID, CDC Flu, and East Bay Community Foundation grants. In her role, Maja serves as an advisor to the program staff, ensures adherence to federal and grant compliance, develops standard operating procedures, leads budget development and financial management, manages contracting and procurement, conducts staff onboarding, and serves as the liaison with internal and external business partners. Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Maja has worked in nonprofit, higher education, and grants management for over a decade. Most recently, Maja held roles as Assistant Director of Finance, Grants Manager, and Academic Program Manager at Drexel University. As Assistant Director of Finance, Maja was responsible for operations and budgetary oversight, policy development, and compliance. As Grants Manager, Maja advised faculty and staff in over 30 disciplines on grant proposal submission and grant management for dozens of successful projects helping elevate the university to a top-tier research institution. As Academic Program Manager, she provided oversight for eight distinct academic programs where she advised students, developed innovative marketing strategies, and made programmatic improvements to strengthen academics and grow the programs. In addition to English, Maja is fluent in Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and German. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Sustainability and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology, Anthropology, and German. Being a Balkan native who has lived in and traveled to multiple countries, Maja is a culturally sensitive professional who has worked with a variety of populations domestically and internationally. Having witnessed the intersections of culture, conflict, and public health, she is committed to helping the California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing and Engagement and the communities which it serves meet their goal of a healthier, tobacco-free future. In her spare time, Maja enjoys hiking with her son and husband, renovating her home with her entire family, and cooking (and eating) a variety of delicious cuisines.