TOMORROW, May 18: Economics Department DEI Committee Hosts Panel, “Real World Economics: Diverse Paths for Economics Majors!”

Join the Department of Economics DEI Committee for our spring panel, Real World Economics: Diverse Paths for Economics Majors!

The panel will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (join with this link).

What do UW Econ majors do all day once they have graduated and find work in the “real world?” Economics majors can be found in many different fields, and they impact policy, government, health care, business operations, and more.  Join a group of UW alumni panelists as they talk about how their economics major affected their career path and how they combine economics with their own unique perspectives to succeed in business, government, or graduate school.

  • PJ Amiscua (’06, ’11) earned a dual undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 2006 – Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration. During his time at the UW, PJ was involved with the Filipino American Student Association, Filipino Community of Seattle, and other community advocacy organizations in and around South Seattle. While gaining healthcare administration experience through various roles at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Washington State Health Care Authority, PJ also earned a Master of Health Administration from the UW in 2011. Over the past 15 years, PJ has developed skills in healthcare analysis and information technology, working for Optum, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, DaVita Inc., and is currently a data analyst with Culinary Health Fund – one of the largest and most expansive health plans in Nevada. More recently, PJ has used his interests in economics and big data to maintain a parallel career in real estate, and has been a realtor with Urban Nest Realty in the Greater Las Vegas area since 2015.


  • Sara Bekele (’19) graduated with Honors from the University of Washington in 2019, earning a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Economics and Political Science. During her time at the UW, Sara was involved with the Black Student Union, Economics Undergraduate Board, and also served as an Undergraduate Representative on the Department of Economics’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Upon graduating, Sara interned with the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, served as a Community Leadership Institute Fellow with Puget Sound Sage, and most recently worked as a Policy Associate at the Economic Opportunity Institute. Currently, Sara is halfway through earning a Master in Social Work from the University of Washington, with goals of being a clinician.
  • Ka’ilikea Jackson (’04) graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Economics. She was very involved with the Polynesian Student Alliance and other Pacific Islander student advocacy and retention organizations, and also served on the Student Technology Fee Committee of the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Stemming from various experiences in both public policy and the food & hospitality industry, Ka’ilikea developed strong interests in food systems, management, and food security. Ka’ilikea has expanded upon her educational interests over the last decade, earning Certificates in Public Finance and Money & Banking from the London School of Economics, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School, and an Associate of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from Windward Community College. Ka’ilikea’s community and professional experiences stretch from the Tri-State Area to Oahu, Hawaii, where she now serves as the Nā Mea Hawaiʻi Program Facilitator at Kamalani Academy Public Charter School.

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By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach