Jodi L. Davenport is a Senior Managing Director at WestEd and serves as Deputy Director of Regional Educational Lab (REL) Northwest. She brings substantial experience leading large-scale research projects focused on novel approaches to improving student outcomes, particularly for students underserved in STEM fields.
A recognized expert in applied cognitive science, Davenport has served as principal investigator on numerous federally funded grants to identify promising educational interventions and determine whether, how, and for whom they are effective. Previously she directed the IES-funded National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction, a collaboration of six institutions and more than 100 schools.
Davenport brings strong national networks and relationships with researchers, district leaders, and policy makers and continues to build her connections across the Pacific Northwest through needs sensing conversations and collaborative partnerships with policymakers and educational stakeholders in the region. She publishes in the areas of educational effectiveness, educational technology, learning science, and cognitive psychology, and her work has been cited over 1000 times.
Davenport received a BS in cognitive science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.