Before joining Jobs With Justice, Pineda represented and advocated for graduate students’ rights as the Graduate Student Association president at Western Michigan University. Also, he holds a law degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he worked as a labor lawyer before pursuing an M.A. at Western. Pineda completed his Ph.D. in political science with a focus on comparative politics and political theory in Dec. 2021. You can find Pineda watching movies, playing chess or basketball, and spending time with friends in his free time.