Pilar Pinel comes from family committed to improving the lives of southern Californians through community leadership, environmental stewardship, volunteerism, business success and public service. A native to the area, she attended public school through High School in San Pedro. Upon graduation, she moved to the city of Long Beach to attend college while simultaneously supporting her parents with their family business. Ms. Pinel has resided in Long Beach for the past 37 years where she has raised her son, now 30 years of age, as a single parent. Her son a successful man in his own right, has and continues to be an unconditional supporter of his mother’s efforts in the community since the age of four and of her nonprofit organization ELLAS (Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances) from its founding.
Ms. Pinel is a visionary, passionate about education, civic participation, entrepreneurship and the Arts. Her tireless devotion and involvement in the community with local, state and national representatives, social service non- profit organizations, education and youth leadership demonstrates her sincere efforts to encourage and improve the lives of all persons in the communities she has worked in and lives. Pilar Pinel’s leadership has gained the attention of numerous elected officials as well as a personal letter of recognition in 2013 from The United States 41st President, George H.W. Bush and the Daily Points of Light Award which celebrates the power of individuals and their capacity to impact areas such as the economy, education and environment. In 2011 Pilar Pinel was honored as one of ten women to receive the prestigious L’Oreal Paris Award as a “Woman of Worth” for unconditional give to her community out of two thousand entries nationally. In addition, she received the “Woman of the Year” Award from 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, County of Los Angeles. These awards are but a reflection of her strongest conviction of achieving “human dignity through equity and diversity.
It is evident that Pilar Pinel’s roots run deep in the City of Long Beach where she has participated in outreach events for the Cambodian, African American, Filipino and Hispanic Communities. Her family members, many friends, and their children have and continue to live in Long Beach as well as serve the: Long Beach City Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Law Enforcement (at the city, county and state levels) and the U.S. Military. She understands first-hand the sacrifices and dangers our country’s women and men in uniform face while serving our communities and nations armed forces. In 1984 her brother Benjamin Pinel, a Los Angeles City Firefighter lost his life in the line of duty. In addition, she is a firm supporter of union members. In 2002 she marched in support of hotel and janitorial workers alongside then Senator Alan Lowenthal. Pilar Pinel’s leadership is one the community can count on to be equitable and transparent for the benefit of all citizens.
Over the past 15 years Downtown Long Beach has experienced wonderful transformations and tremendous business growth attracting tourism and conventions to the heart of Long Beach from Rainbow Harbor, Downtown to the Eastside Arts District Community.
The 1st District is uniquely surrounded by the various improvement areas of the Downtown business district. I have lived in the City of Long Beach for 36 years and more recently in the 1st District for the past 10 years.
As a former Field Deputy for First District, I held the responsibility of representing Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal in the district on concerns of community safety fairs, constituent events, public works (street paving, red curb, lighting), housing code enforcement issues with the city prosecutors office, police and fire services, the business community and environmental issues. I posses an extensive knowledge and understanding of local, state and federal operations, public affairs, administrative policy and advocacy.
In the words of Councilwoman Lowenthal “ It is rare that an individual can hit the ground running in the political arena. Pilar was the exception. She has a keen sense of people and issues, possessing a strong ability to access, prioritize, and formulate strong plans for action. Proving herself a strong advocate for the diverse community. She is respectful, articulate, committed and loyal.” It was an honor to serve the office of First District Councilwoman Lowenthal and as your next elected councilwoman I will be equally honored to serve the Long Beach First Districts constituency.