Taylor Pineda is an alumna of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, with a MA in Educational Policy. Taylor also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Media Analysis and Political Science from ASU. Exposure to needs in her community helped to shape Taylor’s inclusive understanding of people and motivated her to be a part of advocating for peoples’ rights. At the age of fifteen Taylor began her first leadership role as a board member for the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights. Taylor would go on to have an array of experiences in her time studying at ASU leading student organizations as well as her role in conducting research for the Ford Foundation at the School of Transborder Studies. In addition to Taylor’s experience at ASU, Taylor served her community on the Board of Directors for the Si Se Puede Foundation. In 2015, Taylor was recognized as Chandler-Gilbert Community College Partner of the year for her efforts in facilitating a college-readiness program for high school students. As a professional, Taylor has worked for a community development organization managing program evaluations and leading enterprise-wide strategic planning. Taylor aspires to expand access to the same educational opportunities that were so formative in shaping the trajectory of her life.