India Pinkney - General Counsel, National Endowment for the Arts
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India Pinkney is General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. As such, she also is the General Counsel for the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities. She manages the legal operations of the organization and advises on a range of matters, from grants and contracts, to transactions and intellectual property, to employment law matters, as well as compliance, ethics, and litigation, among others. She advises the Chair, the National Council on the Arts, and other officials. She works closely with NEA and PCAH on the legal side of the production of public events, such as NEA Jazz Masters, Poetry Out Loud, and more.
Prior to working at NEA, Ms. Pinkney practiced international law for several years at the Federal Aviation Administration. She served as the principal legal counsel for the Safe Skies for Africa Program, advised on international aviation safety matters, provided legal consultation and training to countries, and engaged in high-level negotiations on a range of international matters. She worked at the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in Montreal, Canada, and in that capacity was the first American to work in the ICAO Legal Bureau in the organization’s history. She practiced in the DC office of the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, and immediately following law school, held a clerkship at the North Carolina Supreme Court with the Honorable Henry Frye, Sr., former Chief Justice. She received both her JD and BA from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Pinkney is an innovative thought leader, an encourager, and a creative who thrives on taking ideas from the inception stage through implementation. She is known for reshaping, expanding, and elevating ideas and programs from the ground up. She has a deep reputation for envisioning creative, nuanced solutions to challenging business, policy, and legal matters. She is involved in serving the community and supporting the arts and artists. She writes creatively, including poetry and short stories. Her motto is “Don’t give up on you. Just try one more time, then try again. The saddest place is when a person is only one idea, one moment, one person, one prayer away from living a dream.”