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2020 Year in Review

Glen Harvey

From Our CEO, Glen Harvey

In a year that presented unique challenges and underscored persistent inequities, I was consistently heartened by the collegiality, resourcefulness, and commitment of my colleagues at WestEd. They redoubled the agency’s commitment to achieving equitable education and successful outcomes for every individual, developing innovative ways to continue supporting clients and each other as needs shifted.

Knowing that educators, caregivers, and others in the field needed more support than ever when the pandemic hit, staff pivoted rapidly to using virtual platforms to provide targeted professional learning and technical assistance. The National Center for Systemic Improvement, for instance, helped states across the country to ensure that students with disabilities continued to receive the services they needed, even when school sites were closed. And our experts led a rich array of timely webinars, including a session on leveraging funding to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable students and a 13-part series on supporting multilingual and English learner students during distance learning. Drawing on our agency’s wide-ranging research and expertise, we also launched a COVID-19 Resources for Educators site, which provided over 40 free, evidence-based resources to help teachers, caregivers, and others navigate urgent issues, from caring for young children while sheltering in place to implementing trauma-informed strategies in distance learning.

While social distancing separated us physically, WestEd staff also found creative ways to foster connections among colleagues and prompt important discussions across our agency — for instance, launching an internal forum on diversity, equity, and inclusion; holding agencywide community-building chats every other week; and expanding employee-led groups, such as the Black Diaspora Network and the WestEd Parent Community.

This past year has reinforced how much remains to be done to address inequities and meet the needs of all young children and students in our country, and to support the adults who serve them. In 2020, the WestEd community proved itself to be amazingly resilient and constructive, and we remain collectively committed in our ongoing work toward the goal of success for all learners.

2020 Agency Highlights












2020 By the Numbers

WestEd Core Work

  • Research & Development: 35%
  • Technical Assistance: 29%
  • Training: 16%
  • Evaluation: 11%
  • Dissemination: 6%
  • Policy: 2%

*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding

2020 By the Numbers

Contracts & Grants Revenue by Source

  • Federal Agencies: 30%
  • State Agencies: 26%
  • Local Education Agencies: 16%
  • Foundations: 9%
  • Other Agencies: 19%

2020 By the Numbers

WestEd Revenues Fiscal Years 2011-2020

  • 2011: $126.3 million
  • 2012: $129.9 million
  • 2013: $137.8 million
  • 2014: $140.4 million
  • 2015: $153.0 million
  • 2016: $162.8 million
  • 2017: $163.1 million
  • 2018: $167.5 million
  • 2019: $177.5 million
  • 2020: $165.0 million**

*These figures include operating revenue and nonoperating revenue (e.g., tenants, publications).

**This figure is unaudited.

2020 By the Numbers

  • 700+ staff
  • 14 offices across the U.S.

2020 By the Numbers

  • 534 new contracts & grants
  • 54 years of service

2020 By the Numbers

  • 183 new resources
  • 611 clients & funders*

See a complete list of our 2018 clients and funders