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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Andrew Pinckney

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Andrew is a first-year MBA candidate at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Andrew grew up in Western Massachusetts and Cameroon. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC where he majored in economics. After graduation, Andrew joined Teach For America in Charlotte, NC, where he taught high school math. While teaching, Andrew led his cohort of teachers in developing and implementing curricula to align to new state standards. He also worked with Davidson College and EdX as the lead instructor piloting new digital learning tools for AP Calculus students.

After teaching, Andrew was selected to join Pearson Education's Leadership Development Program. At Pearson, Andrew evaluated the viability of existing digital products and led new product explorations, managing teams of designers, developers, and researchers to bring new products to market.

Andrew also worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed the training program for incoming account management, trading, and research personnel. He also worked with a team of senior investors to launch a new training program for all Bridgewater investment associates.

What made you consider business school?

I've approached education from multiple angles so far in my career – from teaching high school students, training adults to become teachers, building training programs for employees, and developing educational products and tools. Business school gives me the opportunity to round out these experiences and develop a core set of business skills and knowledge. I'd like to combine these skills with those I've developed in my career to help solve educational problems, particularly in building and delivering programs to address the growing skills gap.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

First of all, I'm excited to be surrounded by peers from around the world with diverse personal and professional backgrounds. I'm looking forward to building relationships with my classmates and getting to learn from their rich life experiences. Secondly, I'm thrilled to be heading back to school! I can't wait to start the core curriculum with my section of first-years.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

I'm inspired by Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the Success Academy charter network in New York City. Though I don't agree with all the approaches she took, Eva followed her vision relentlessly, in the face of intense pressure and criticism, and built a network of schools that was able to reverse the achievement gap. I've also recently been inspired by Pete Buttigieg as he combines a message of respect and inclusivity with a vision for how to move our country forward.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm a certified yoga teacher and I teach yoga at my local studio in Washington, DC.