LEAH PINNEYExecutive Director
Leah Pinney is a graduate of St. Edward’s University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors. Leah has worked with the TCJC team for several years and in various capacities, but she officially joined the organization in 2007. Leah brings work experience from both corporate and nonprofit sectors, including work involving project research for a national civil rights organization. On joining TCJC, Leah supported our youth project, where, through research efforts, she helped to advocate for increased safety and accountability within the Texas Youth Commission. Leah later shifted her focus to pretrial and defense, where she worked with key partners to promote best practices and policies that ensure opportunities for indigent defendants to receive timely and well-qualified counsel. Leah has most recently served TCJC as its Finance and Operations Director ensuring accurate financial reports and organizational records, as well as providing human resource functions for staff, work-study students, interns, and volunteers. Leah was nominated by TCJC’s longstanding leader and champion, Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, and appointed by TCJC’s Board of Directors to become the Executive Director effective October 1, 2015. Leah has expanded her administration role to include organizational development, project guidance, and relationship building that will sustain TCJC’s viability and effectiveness in reducing Texas’ historical overreliance on incarceration.