Winsome Packer began preparing for her career in government as an undergraduate at Florida State University, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in international affairs. Later gaining acceptance to Georgia State University, she earned membership with the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and went on to complete a master of public administration. While pursuing her graduate studies, Winsome Packer worked as a research assistant with the Georgia General Assembly State Planning and Community Affairs Committee.
After graduating from Georgia State University, Winsome Packer relocated to Washington, DC, and assumed responsibilities as a professional staff member with the US House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs and Subcommittee on Education, Training and Employment. As a professional staff member, she aided in the development of legislation and briefed lawmakers on important issues, such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Veterans Job Training Act of 1992. Subsequently, Winsome Packer transitioned to a position as management analyst with the Veterans Health Administration at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, followed by serving as program officer with the National Endowment for Democracy Supported Program.
Winsome Packer’s professional background also includes roles as delegate to the United States Commission on the Status of Women; senior policy advisor with the Corporation for National and Community Service, for which she also served as legislative liaison to the US House of Representatives; and professional staff member with the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Most recently, Ms. Packer performed as policy advisor with the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. There, she maintained additional responsibilities as representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.