The Rising role of Economists on Policies in the Public and Private Sectors

January 19, 2023
7 - 9 PM PT
Greater Seattle Area
Free in-person panel with Q&A
Organized by wacefe

Join us for an insightful discussion on "The Rising Role of Economists on Policies in the Public and Private Sectors". Our panel of experts will delve into the increasing influence of economists in shaping policies that affect both the public and private sectors. Learn how economics is shaping decision-making in government, business, and other organizations and discover the challenges and opportunities this presents.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this critical issue and network with like-minded individuals.

more about our speakers

more about our speaker

darlene wilczynski

Darlene joined the San Francisco Fed in October 1997 as the assistant manager of Check Services in Seattle. She has held roles of ever-increasing responsibility in areas that include Human Resources, Public Information, Seattle Check Services, Northern Region Cash Services, District Facilities Management, and Workplace Services before stepping into her current role.

Darlene received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and served on active duty in the United States Navy for almost six years, and in the Naval Reserves for another 18 years before retiring as a Commander in 2009. She also holds an MBA and a certificate in organizational leadership from Chapman University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Darlene is a member of the Community Development Round Table for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, an advisory board member for the University of Washington’s program for Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership, on the Board of Trustees of the Bellevue Arts Museum, and a proud member of the Washington Chapter of the International Women’s Forum

skylar olsen

Skylar has testified before Congress about fair housing issues and regularly shares her housing-market expertise on stage, in print, and on local and national television and radio stations.

She also teaches Real Estate Evolution and Disruption at the University of Washington. Before becoming Zillow’s chief economist in July 2022, Skylar was a foundational member of Zillow’s public-facing economics team, bringing her radical transparency and talent for humanizing data and economics back to bear on the largest housing market dataset in the world.

She also has built and supported public-facing economics and data programs in Prop/FinTech through Reimagine Economics, a consultancy she founded, and was head of economics at Tomo, a digital mortgage start-up.

dr. ida johnsson

Before this role, Ida worked as a forecasting manager at Zillow. In addition, she has led data science and forecasting teams at Universal Standard Housing, Clutter, and psyML.

Ida completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics and economics in Sweden before coming to the US. She obtained a Master of Science in quantitative economics and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Southern California, where she specialized in econometric methods for time series and spatial data.

charlie manzanares

Charlie Manzanares is a Senior Manager, Economist at Amazon Prime where he leads a team of economists, applied scientists, and engineers, who create science that helps Amazon Prime design and manage the Prime membership world-wide (currently found in over 20 marketplaces).

He started his career as an economist at Amazon in 2016 after completing his PhD in economics at Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington, where he served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in economics.

Prior to this, he graduated from Trinity University (TX) with a degree in Biochemistry and Economics, Baylor University with a JD/MBA, worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board, and served as a student and teaching assistant for the American Economic Association Summer Training Program. This program trains aspiring graduate students in economics, primarily from historically under-represented backgrounds.

He also served as a Fulbright Fellow at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona Spain, where he studied the law and economics of property registries as a vehicle for entrepreneurial growth, especially in developing countries. Charlie is passionate about training the next generation of economists and either leads or participates in several Amazon initiatives intended to accelerate early-stage mathematics, computer science, and economics education.