Neal Finkelstein is a senior research scientist and co-director of the Innovation Studies Program at WestEd. His work focuses on connecting research, practice, and policy across K-12 and higher education systems. He works nationally on education evaluations and their implications for education systems and policy design. His current research areas include: high school completion patterns and the transition to postsecondary education; middle school mathematics teaching and learning; diagnostic uses of school-based data systems; school governance systems; and educational productivity. Finkelstein received a BA in economics and psychology from Swarthmore College and a MPP, MA, and PhD in education policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley.