Winifred Armstrong was a speechwriter and advisor to Senator Kennedy from 1959 to 1961, concentrating mostly on African issues through her work with the African Education Development Fund. One of her particular areas of focus was Washington housing discrimination suffered by African diplomats.
Armstrong was a 1951 graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in Economics and Political Science. She traveled extensively in Africa from 1956 to 1958 before working with Kennedy. Later in her career, she worked at the Columbia University Institute of African Studies and at the Regional Plan Association in New York City.