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Self Sufficiency Standard


Center for Women's Welfare Staff

Dr. Diana Pearce

Dr. Diana Pearce, PhD | Director

Dr. Pearce is the Director of the Center for Women’s Welfare and is currently on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. She received her MSW and Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has held academic positions at the Universities of Michigan and Illinois, and American University. Dr. Pearce has been a Fulbright Professor twice, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (1996-7) and in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2006). She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University and at George Washington University. Dr. Pearce founded and directed the Women and Poverty Project at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington, D.C, and was a member of the founding Steering Committee of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Widely recognized for coining the phrase, "the feminization of poverty", Dr. Pearce has written and spoken widely on women’s poverty and economic inequality—including low-wage and part-time employment, unemployment insurance, homelessness, and welfare reform—and has testified before Congress and the President’s Working Group on Welfare Reform. She also has done research and been an expert witness in the areas of school and housing segregation/ desegregation. Dr. Pearce has helped found and lead several coalitions, including the Women and Housing Task Force, the Women, Work and Welfare Coalition, the Women and Job Training Coalition, the Ad Hoc Task Force on Housing/Homeless Issues in Welfare Reform, and the Practitioners’ Panel on Welfare Reform.

Lisa Manzer, MPA | Senior Research Coordinator

Lisa Manzer manages the Center for Women’s Welfare and oversees all aspects of publications produced by the Center. Lisa works closely with our partners during the production of the Self-Sufficiency Standard reports. She has worked for the Center since 2001. Lisa received a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College in 2006.


Annie Kucklick, MSW | Research Coordinator

Annie Kucklick oversees report production and assists in the development and application of the Self-Sufficiency Standard. She conducts research on the various elements of the cost of living (housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes) and collaborates with Center for Women’s Welfare state partners throughout the production process. Annie received a Master of Social Work -- Administration and Policy Practice from the University of Washington in 2020.


Devon Bushnell, BA | Program Operations Specialist

Devon has worked for the CWW in fiscal and grant management since 2018 and has returned after a hiatus, as the Program Operations Specialist. She has worked in research administration for the School of Social Work since 2002. Devon has a BA from Western Washington University and enjoys activities with her son, baking and home decorating.


Joana Dizon, BS Public Health | Student Assistant

Joana assists in the development of reports and collection of data relating to the Self-Sufficiency Standard. She is tasked with compiling information pertinent to calculating the Standard from government websites and publications. Her other duties include reviewing data collection efforts, proofreading reports, as well as drafting summary memorandums for educational purposes on topics influencing the Standard. Joana is currently a senior in the University of Washington and set to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Global Health.