Karen Nelson was named IPSI’s Executive Director on January 1, 2016, by Dean Manuel Justiz of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She served as the Director of Academic Foundations at IPSI for eight years prior to being named Executive Director. She is a national leader in literacy with over eighteen years of experience in the design and implementation of effective instruction and intervention. Ms. Nelson managed the professional development and technical assistance for the 700 Reading First schools in Texas from 2007-2011. She is a member of the state leadership team for the Texas Literacy Initiative, which supports implementation of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy federal grant program and for the Texas Literacy Achievement Academies. Prior to coming to UT Karen was Vice President of Field Implementation Services for Voyager Expanded Learning, Education Consultant for the Texas Teacher Reading Academies, and a public school speech and language pathologist. She is experienced in working with district and campus leaders, delivering professional development in face-to-face and online environments, and building consensus among district, state, and national leaders.