Christi Allen serves as the Assistant Director of Innovation for the Garland Independent School District, a district of 58,000 students in Texas. Her department manages the application process and programming for the district’s magnet programs which consist of 30 programs across 19 schools. She has worked in the district since 1996 as a teacher, assistant principal, coordinator and assistant director. Christi holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. from Texas A&M University at Commerce.