As Project Administrator with the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, Patsy Wilkes coordinates key initiatives, all aimed at strengthening the quality of the teaching workforce and improving student learning.
Specifically, Wilkes coordinates the Center’s projects, resources, publications and reporting, and works with the Center’s project teams and agency infrastructure to ensure all deliverables are accounted for and due dates are met.
Wilkes is the project administrator for the Center’s Teacher Practice Networks initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She has provided project oversight for previous Center initiatives such as the Invisible Achievement Gap research on the academic outcomes of California students in foster care, the groundbreaking research under Teaching and California’s Future, Strengthening Science Education in California, and Strengthening Science and Math Course-taking, among others. National and state policymakers, educators, education leaders, foundations, and the public all benefit from these initiatives.
Wilkes joined WestEd in 2011 when the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning moved to WestEd. Previously, Wilkes served as Vice President of Operations and Programs at the Center. She was responsible for program leadership and oversight, financial management and administration, resource development, internal and external operations, and special projects. As a founding staff member, she helped establish the organization in 1995.
Wilkes received a BA in psychology and a BA in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.