Member Since January 2024
Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is a globally renowned leader in innovation, inclusion, and accessibility. He is a two-time presidential appointee by US President Barack Obama, serving on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Additionally, he's a distinguished government delegate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Habitat's New Urban Agenda, a World Economic Forum council member, and holds the esteemed position of Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity at UC Berkeley. Dr. Pineda's vast background spans academia, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. He co-initiated the Smart Cities for All Global Initiative and founded the Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED, focusing on urban accessibility. His contributions to academia include serving as a Research Fellow at the World Institute on Disability and as a Public Policy Fellow at the Dubai School of Government. His unwavering dedication to inclusivity and accessibility continues to guide policy reforms and transform urban landscapes, solidifying his status among the leading visionaries of our era.
Now is the moment to revolutionize our urban blueprints, placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of every decision.
The Victor Pineda Foundation works with communities and leading organizations, teams and agencies to advance access and inclusion through disability justice. We work with people with all types of disabilities to promote and ensure equality, inclusivity, and change through high-impact advocacy, research and training. Our goal is to ensure that all people with disabilities are valued, have access to opportunity, and can live with dignity. We recognize disability as a key component of diversity, and It is a high priority for us to foster and maintain an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are welcome and where everyone can feel valued. People of color, particularly Black, brown, and indigenous people with disabilities, are especially impacted by disability rights violations. Therefore, we commit to listen to, honor, reflect, and elevate the voices and participation of cross-disability and cross-movement advocates. We commit to serve as a partner with culturally and geographically diverse communities of cross-disability and cross-social justice movements to build trust and advocate for radical inclusion through bold approaches to long lasting societal transformation.