Will Pinkston
School Board Member

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Education reform
  • Higher education reform

Will Pinkston is a former journalist and current elected member of the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education, overseeing America’s 42nd-largest school system with 86,000 students. In that role, Pinkston is an outspoken advocate for high-quality English learner programs and a critic of unbated growth of charter schools because of the negative fiscal impact on traditional schools. Previously, Pinkston served as a senior advisor to former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and helped develop nationally recognized education policies. In 2007, Pinkston managed the campaign in support of Tennessee’s standards-reform movement, which was lauded by Harvard University’s journal EducationNext. Pinkston is a former reporter for The (Nashville) Tennessean and The Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, he contributed to the Sept. 12, 2001, edition, which earned the newspaper’s staff the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. In his “day job,” Pinkston is a strategic communications consultant advising businesses and nonprofit organizations in the education, health care and workforce development fields.