UW Women in Economics

  • Women in Economics
    Rebecca Bloom and Maria Mackey Gunn, of Vulcan Inc., with the women's group founder Christina Tapia in front of Suzzallo Library. Photo: Kate Killpack, 2016
  • Mentor Program
    Alumni mentor Julie Roy, left, with undergraduate Reem Sabha
  • kickoff 2016
    UW Economics undergraduates and alumni mentors at a networking event, October 2016
  • Women in Economics
    "FRB Credit Risk Model Reviews: Two Quants’ Perspective", Yelena Takhtamanova, Senior Risk Specialist Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Alexandra Onosova, Senior Risk Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, June 2016

The UW Women in Economics group was established in 2013 to address topics of interest to women studying or working in economics-related fields. The group seeks to raise awareness of common issues and provide networking and professional development opportunities. Additionally we aim to:

  • Expand opportunities for women in economics in business and academia;
  • Provide networking opportunities for women in economics;
  • Provide a venue to meet and discuss issues of common interest;
  • Explore research topics of interest to women economists to help understand strengths and challenges;
  • Promote employment opportunities and advancement of women in the economics profession.


The UW Women in Economics group is happy to announce that alumna Bo Lee has been named in the Top 40 Under 40 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Lee received her BA from the Department of Economics in 1999 and currently serves as a Senior Wealth Manager at BNY Mellon. She has been an active member of the Washington Women’s Foundation since 2010. You can find her bio here

Upcoming Events:

Past Events

Women in Economics Panel 
Wednesday, February 21st, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thompson Hall, room 325 
Theme: opportunities for women in economics.

Enhancing Your Career Through Community & Connections
Tuesday, November 7th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wing Luke Museum, 719 South King Street, Seattle 98104

UW Women in Economics Workplace Visit: Zillow Group
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Zillow HQ, 1301 2nd Ave., Seattle 98101

The UWiE group hosted a workplace visit at Zillow Group, a Seattle-based real estate and rental marketplace founded in 2006. UW Economics alumna Skylar Olsen (PhD '14), Senior Economist at Zillow, talked about her career and work at Zillow. 



UW Women in Economics Board Members

Christina Tapia, PhD '09, Chair
Shikha Agarwal, Economics graduate student
Tyler Ames, Economics Undergraduate Board liasion
Gerilyn Denny, BA '83
Martina Ji, BA '12
Krisztina Nagy, PhD '11
Reem Sabha, Economics undergraduate student
Jagori Saha, Economics graduate student
Eileen Wang, BS '01
Olga Yang, BA '82

Faculty Advisers: Michelle Turnovsky, Judith Thornton

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News & Resources

Past Seminars

"FRB Credit Risk Model Reviews: Two Quants’ Perspective", Yelena Takhtamanova, Senior Risk Specialist Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Alexandra Onosova, Senior Risk Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, June 2016

"South Lake Union: The Making of an Urban Innovation District", Maria Mackey Gunn and Rebecca Bloom, Vulcan, Inc. May 2016

“CSWEP and You”, Marjorie McElroy, Professor of Economics at Duke University
Immediate Past Chair of the American Economic Association’s (AEA) Committee on the Status of Women (CSWEP), May 2014

“Women, Business and the Law: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality”, Yasmin Bin-Humam, Consultant at World Bank, February 2014