Staff & Faculty


Elizabeth Litzler

Director  | 

Elizabeth Litzler is the Director at the UW Center for Workforce Development (CWD). Her research interests include the educational climate for undergraduate and graduate students and gender stratification in education and the workforce. As the Director for Research at CWD, Liz is the Research Manager for the Sloan-funded Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE). She is external evaluator for NCWIT and NCWIT-Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs and the NSF ADVANCE program at UW. She is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and WEPAN. She acts as reviewer and presenter for WEPAN and ASEE conferences and has published in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and The Journal about Women in Higher Education. Litzler earned a PhD and MA in Sociology and a BA in Communication with minors in Spanish and Women's Studies. Her dissertation, “Sex Segregation in Undergraduate Engineering Majors” was focused on understanding the individual and institutional reasons women are disproportionately represented in certain engineering majors.

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Cara Margherio

Senior Research Associate |

Cara Margherio is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Workforce Development (CWD). Cara serves as evaluator on several NSF- and NIH-funded projects. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America. Cara is currently a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. She earned an MA in Sociology, a BA in Sociology, and a BS in Psychology with minors in Studio Arts and Women’s Studies. Her dissertation, “Family Formation and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa,” investigates how the HIV epidemic impacts union formation and childbearing throughout southern Africa with a focus on rural South Africa.

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Than Than Htwe

Assistant to the Director, Center Administrator | 

Than is the Assistant to the Director and the Center Administrator. She is responsible for management of the business office, fiscal planning and budgeting, grants and contracts management, personnel administration (including payroll), travel planning and expenses, management of ProCard and CTA accounts, facilities and space management. Than joined the CWD team in 2011 with over five years of previous fiscal experience at the University of Washington.


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