Director, Strategic Initiatives, Teach for America Miami-Dade
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Justin Pinn serves as Director of Strategic Initiates for Teach for America Miami-Dade. He is charged with inspiring and cultivating the leadership potential of TFA’s alumni towards critical leadership pathways that contribute to One Day in Miami-Dade.
“Justin believes that his mission and calling in life is “to extend the ladder in which he climbs.” After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, Pinn, a first-generation college graduate, relocated to Miami, Florida as a Teach for America Corps Member, teaching secondary science at a local high school. After teaching, Justin transitioned to Breakthrough Miami where he served as the Founding Director of two academies (STEM and Success). Breakthrough Miami serves over 1,350 scholars (fifth to twelfth grade) and his responsibility included introducing robotics, engineering, and coding to middle school students and college readiness and preparation for all of Breakthrough Miami's scholars.
Justin also serves as the Chairman of the City of Miami Community Advisory Board, which oversees a U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreement with the Miami Police Department. The initiative was developed due to the use of excessive force on and killings of largely unarmed black men during the years of 2008 to 2011. Mr. Pinn is also a board member of the following South Florida organizations: Engage Miami (Board Chair), Miami EdTech, The Nyah Project, and a founding board member for Cristo Rey Miami High School, which opens in the fall of 2020.