Nikola “Nikki” Filby
Director of Innovation Studies


  • Charter schools
  • High schools
  • Online learning
  • Parent involvement

During her three decades with WestEd, Nikola “Nikki” Filby has helped innumerable teachers throughout the U.S. improve the quality of their instruction, thus improving the academic performance of students. Filby currently directs the Innovation Studies program at WestEd, an initiative founded in 2006 to help educators learn about and implement promising ideas from research and practice. Along with her work with the Innovations Studies program, Filby serves as the associate director of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) program, one of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Filby began her career at WestEd as a research associate for the Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a doctorate in educational psychology and learning from Stanford University.