Will Pinkston represents South + Southeast Nashville on the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education. Elected in 2012, Will has been a leading advocate for expanding pre-kindergarten programs, improving educational services for young New Americans, and advocating for increased education funding from the State of Tennessee.
Will is a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools (Overton High School Class of ’89) and he is an MNPS parent. Before joining the school board, Will served as a senior advisor to former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and helped develop education policies that made Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the history of the Nation’s Report Card. Among other roles, he managed the public campaign in support of Tennessee’s standards-reform movement, which Harvard University’s journal EducationNext described as “The Tennessee Miracle.”
Will is a former reporter for The 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,” Will works as a strategic communications consultant advising businesses and nonprofit organizations in the education, health care and workforce development fields. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.