Pinney Allen is a nearly 30-year leader in the Atlanta legal, educational and philanthropic community. When Pinney joined Alston & Bird in 1979 she was the 77th lawyer and 8th woman. She participated in and helped lead its growth to a national law firm of over 800 professionals, serving in various leadership positions, including chairing its executive committee, leading its tax practice, and being an early pioneer for improving diversity and developing practices to support women professionals.
After over twenty eight years of successful law practice Pinney was drawn by her passion for issues affecting women and girls and education to resign and accept the position of Head of School at Atlanta Girls’ School, one of the most racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse independent schools in the country. When she left the School in 2012, Pinney carried her passion for issues affecting women and girls and for education into the community where she has served on the Boards of the Atlanta Symphony, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Breakthrough Atlanta, the advisory board to the President of Truman University, the Atlanta Fulton County Library Foundation, and the Lovett School. Pinney is active in Democratic politics and chairs voter protection for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Pinney grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and Columbia, Missouri and attended Harvard University where she graduated with an AB in economics, summa cum laude, and a JD, cum laude. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Charles “Buddy” Miller, and has two adult daughters, one in Los Angeles and one in New York.