Bess Winston

Senior Partner
bess.winston@finnpartners.com

Professional Experience

Creating more resilient, sustainable, equitable, and thriving communities and enterprises has been my mission and passion for most of my professional life and the heart of the work of the Winston Agency, which I founded in 2013. I’ve used my knowhow in advocacy and communications to help blue chip companies and renowned organizations advance stories and commitments that are responsive to shifting societal priorities around climate adaptation, natural resource conservation, zero waste, circular economies, labor and human rights, and other global issues of our time. My issue expertise is complemented by robust experience in sectors as varied as apparel, manufacturing and supply chain, packaging and recycling, and food and beverage.

"I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.

- Elsie de Wolfe

How'd you get here?

I’m not one to sit on the sidelines, and I believe that the force of good is present in most people and organizations…and in the SONIC® Cheeseburger of my youth in Austin, Texas.  Early adventures led me to a (very) short lived journalism career after graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, but I quickly found my tribe within political and grassroots communications. What I do and who I am has been shaped by an alchemy of street smarts and brass tacks, entrepreneurial grit and hustle, and a deep commitment to building the right runway for the next generation—the latter, to my delight, was recognized in 2022 when I was selected as a winner of the global Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA).