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Kenwyn Derby

Senior Research Associate Kenwyn Derby has been a member of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) research team since 2006.

Derby’s work for this Institute of Education Sciences-funded program includes:

  • Assessing regional needs for evidence-based information
  • Responding to requests from the field (including overseeing the Ask A REL service)
  • Providing technical assistance in the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities
  • Serving as the REL West National Laboratory Network liaison

From 2002 to 2012, Derby was a member of WestEd’s Program Services department, where she planned strategic meetings of the agency’s Program Directors, supported special projects at the direction of the Chief Program Officer, and led the Program Task Force. The Task Force included staff from across WestEd’s programs who shared tools and ideas to support improved project management and program efficiency.

Derby has twice received an Annual Award for Exceptional Contribution to the WestEd Community — one as an individual for strengthening internal team functioning and productivity, and in supporting the external reputation of the agency; and the other as part of the SchoolsMovingUp leadership team.

Prior to joining WestEd, Derby managed recruiting, performance management, and organizational development for a San Francisco-based internet start-up; worked for the City of Oakland as a Human Resource Analyst developing personnel assessments and interview protocol; and held positions in editing and psychology research.

Derby received a BA in both political science and Spanish from Amherst College and an MS in organizational psychology from San Francisco State University.