Wilford Pinkney Jr. is the Mayor’s Office Director of Children, Youth, and Families with the singular purpose of making sure St. Louis’ children have the support and resources needed to lead productive and successful lives. He has worked in the criminal justice sector promoting safety, education, policy development and training for 28+ years. He served for 20 years as a member of the New York City Police Department and is founder and CEO of Puissance Management & Consulting LLC, which helps organizations create successful strategies and plans. He was the Chairperson of the School of Criminal Justice at Monroe College where he taught public policy. Prior to joining the administration, Pinkney was a FUSE Executive Fellow leading a cross sector group of stakeholders in the development of a comprehensive pretrial reform plan in the City of St. Louis.
Pinkney holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Mercy College, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center where he specializes in public policy and American politics.