Pingree, has a master's in public administration from Florida State University, and started as a management and budget analyst for the Leon County Commission in 2000. He followed that with three years as special projects coordinator and two years as assistant to the county administrator.Pingree left Leon County in 2007 to become Wakulla County Administrator, where he served nearly four years. After a two-and-a-half-year stint as president and CEO for the Zoological Society of Florida in Miami, he joined the Leon County Economic Development Council in July 2013 as vice president over business retention and expansion. He took over as executive vice president in August 2014. In 2016, he was hired as the director of the joint City of Tallahassee-Leon County Department of Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement (PLACE), which includes Blueprint 2000. He currently oversees land use and transportation planning as well as the administering of $90 million in Blueprint dollars, money set aside for economic development beginning in 2020.