The Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) has named Avondale Councilman Mike Pineda as its newest board member.
Through his role on the organization’s board of directors, Pineda will represent his city.
Headquartered in Glendale, WESTMARC is a coalition of public, private and education leaders that is committed to the West Valley’s economic vitality and enhanced quality of life. Founded in 1990, the coalition membership is comprised of the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown.
WESTMARC’s board of directors represents all three sectors of its membership, through which it sets the strategic direction for the organization.
Currently serving his first four-year term on Avondale’s City Council, Pineda was elected in 2016. Prior to his time with the city, he served as a member, vice president and president of the Littleton Elementary School District’s governing board.
In addition to being on WESTMARC’s board of directors, Pineda currently serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) economic development and human services coordinating committees. He is also part of Avondale City Council’s subcommittee for boards and commissions and serves on the Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) business advisory board.
Employed as a small business analyst at EMCC through a partnership with the small business development center (SBDC), Pineda works with individuals looking to develop and grow their business. He holds certifications in profit mastery, GrowthWheel and as an SBDC counselor.
Prior to joining the SBDC, Pineda was an instructor at Rio Salado Community College’s small business start-up program. He has been with the Maricopa Community College District since 2013.
A former educator and a father of four, he also coaches youth sports. A proud graduate of Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Mike Pineda holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He has been a lifelong resident of the West Valley.