Dr. Celeste Alexander is the Director for the Educational Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. As Director, she manages and coordinates multiple research and evaluation grants and contracts. As part of her work at the center, she designs, conducts, analyzes, and interprets quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies. Dr. Alexander also utilizes her writing skills in grant writing and interpreting research findings to assist education stakeholders and policy makers. She has over 25 years of combined experience in child development, psychology, education, research, and evaluation and has been conducting educational research and evaluation for over fifteen years. In addition to over 12 years of employment at UT Austin which has included being Project Director for Research at the Charles A. Dana Center, Dr. Alexander has also worked at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board of Educator Certification, and Southwest Education Development Laboratory. Her research interests include education policy, K-16 Pipeline, and school change. Dr. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Austin College, a Master’s degree from Texas State University, and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.